Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious pranks in art history, arranging for one of his best-known works to self-destruct after being sold at auction for just over £1m.
Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night and its sale price equalled the artist’s previous auction record of £1.04m.
Shortly after the hammer came down on the item, however, the canvas began to pass through a shredder installed in the frame.
Banksy posted an image on Instagram of the shredded work dangling from the bottom of the frame with the title “Going, going, gone … ”
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Good on Banksy.
Art dealers are shameless vultures.
Artists throughout history have struggled to make ends meet, many of them dying in poverty.
Then the dealers move in and make a killing.
This also makes a great statement about El-ite collectors who have more money than sense.
This is, to put it bluntly FUCKING HILARIOUS; The artist's ultimate revenge!
Guess what? The shredded artwork has now increased in value by $TWO MILLION!
The art world is truly deeply potty
Yes the art world truly sucks Martin, Im not the only one that's been burnt at the alter of insanity of postmodernism and walked away wondering what the feck I got myself into. Seriously, most of the artists that really make it do so by sucking up to the tastes of a bunch of dodgy millionaires. Which explains a lot about the quality of what passes for modern art these days.
But this is a right corker, even better than the time he printed a whole lot of Tenners with Princess Diana instead of the Queen....from The Bansky of England. Some of them ended up in circulation, according to rumours.
Banksy, now theres an artist I could marry. Maybe I should put THAT on a T-shirt.
I LOVED THIS! Thanks for the post Cats PJs ♥