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This Banksy painting self-destructed after it sold for $1.4 million

This Banksy painting self-destructed after it sold for $1.4 million

This Banksy painting sold for $1.4 million and then shredded itself

Imagine having bought a famous painting at an auction for $1.4 million and then the painting suddenly began to shred itself into little pieces of paper. This is exactly what happened this week at Sotheby’s, an auction house in New York that auctioned off a famous painting by the one and only street artist Banksy for $1.4 million before the painting suddenly began to shred itself. 

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Photo courtesy of Sotheby's

Who’s Bansky?

Banksy is the pen name for an anonymous British graffiti artist. His painting of a girl releasing a red balloon is one of his most well-known works. The painting was a reproduction of one of Banksy’s spray paintings on a building in East London from 2002. When Banksy recreated the graffiti in the form of a painting, he secretly installed a shredder in the frame - so that if it ever sold, it would be immediately shredded. 

Banksy posted a video on Instagram explaining the entire concept and idea behind the shredder. He even quoted Picasso, saying “the urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

This has been quite the week for shredding - first a 2-year-old shredded over $,1000 of his parents money and now this Banksy painting is following suit.

We at The Sitch think it’s both crazy and cool that this artwork self-shredded. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more art news and other entertaining reads.

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