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Sotheby’s: Self-Destructing Banksy Piece Officially Sold

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Banksy’s Girl with Balloon is now a ‘Newly Completed Work’

According to Fortune.com, On Friday night, Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” sold for $1.37 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Moments after the last hammer hit the podium, a shredder stealthily installed in the frame ribboned the painting, as stunned bidders watched in shock (a few in amusement) and assistants struggled to get the work off the wall and prevent further damage.

Banksy’s Girl with Balloon came up for auction this past Friday in the British capital. As it sold for $1.4 million it was shredded by remote control by a person in the salesroom. The event has touched off a debate about whether the destruction was staged, and whether the auction house was involved in the prank. Steven Lazarides, Banksy’s longtime agent, told ARTnews last week that the artist likely hadn’t cooperated with Sotheby’s., According to Artnews.com

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