Art being created: Banksy’s Girl With Balloon (2006) mysteriously selfdestructed at the end of a Sotheby’s auction. Picture: Banksy/Instagram
Art being created: Banksy’s Girl With Balloon (2006) mysteriously selfdestructed at the end of a Sotheby’s auction. Picture: Banksy/Instagram

Banksy bidder still wants to pay $1.96m for shredded art

THE winning bidder who ponied up $1.96 million at a Sotheby's auction for a painting by reclusive street artist Banksy - only to see it self-destruct moments after the hammer fell - will go through with her pricey purchase, the auction house said on Thursday.

Shortly after bidding closed on the spray paint-on-canvas piece Girl With Balloon on Friday night in London, an alarm sounded, and the painting fed itself through a shredder secretly installed in its frame in front of stunned onlookers.

Banksy later posted a video of the moment of the painting's destruction to Instagram captioned, "Going, going gone …"

The mysterious artist has since authenticated the painting's scraps and renamed it Love Is In The Bin.

Sotheby's said after the famous incident that it was "in discussion about next steps" with the winning bidder about what to do.

The artwork before it was shredded. Picture: Sotheby’s via AP
The artwork before it was shredded. Picture: Sotheby’s via AP

But the bizarre turn seemed to have only bolstered the piece's legacy - and value - with Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art for Europe, dubbing it "the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction".

The bidder is apparently willing to take her chances that he is right.

 

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and is reproduced with permission.

The artwork selfdestructed moments after being sold at auction for ₤1.04 million ($A1.96 million), in a prank apparently orchestrated by the elusive street artist. Picture: Pierre Koukjian via AP
The artwork selfdestructed moments after being sold at auction for ₤1.04 million ($A1.96 million), in a prank apparently orchestrated by the elusive street artist. Picture: Pierre Koukjian via AP
People watch as the Banksy artwork is shredded at Sotheby’s. Picture: Pierre Koukjian via AP
People watch as the Banksy artwork is shredded at Sotheby’s. Picture: Pierre Koukjian via AP

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