A Banksy Painting Sells For $1.4 Million, Then Self-Destructs

October 8, 2018

Banksy's entire art career is centered around dark humor and anti-consumerism, but this might just be his best stunt yet. On Friday, a Banksy painting of a little girl releasing a red, heart-shaped balloon sold at a Sotheby's auction in England for $1.4 million.

And right after the auctioneer hit the gavel to complete the sale, the painting shredded itself. It turns out Banksy had built a shredder into the frame years ago, and either he or one of his accomplices triggered it right after it sold.

It's a hell of a prank and a piece of performance art, and it's one that's totally on-brand for Banksy. Unfortunately, it looks like it might backfire on him though . . . because now some art experts say that the stunt was SUCH an epic move that the shards of the painting might be worth 50% more than what it sold for. 

(Here's an Instagram video Banksy posted showing himself building the shredder into the painting, and then the shredding at Sotheby's on Friday.)

. "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge" - Picasso

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