Buyer to keep shredded Banksy painting, Lifestyle News & Top Stories

Cristina Cross
October 13, 2018

Banksy's works have often commented on the ridiculous nature of the contemporary art world, and the increasingly high values of his own works.

"Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one", said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's Head of Contemporary Art, Europe. This was announced Thursday by the auction house.

Julien's Auctions have said that the piece is perfectly safe as are other Banksy pieces open to bidding.

Your average Friday night at Sotheby's in London-that is, a collector shelling out a million quid for a piece of art-quickly turned sour this week when said piece of art apparently self-destructed before the very eyes of auctioneers and collectors alike.

It "still remains unclear how the shredder was activated", says the BBC and it is also not clear if the auction house was aware that the painting contained a shredder with a spokesperson only saying the destruction was a "surprise".

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Banksy summed up the stunt on his Instagram account - "Going, going, gone." along with a picture of stunned onlookers as the shredded strips emerged from the frame.

The Slave Labour mural first appeared on the side of a Poundland Building in the Wood Green area of London, and is valued at around £600,000.

Banksy, aka the mysterious United Kingdom street artist, is back at it again!

TV Girl appeared at a Burger King in the artist's hometown of Bristol, Crazy Horse was installed in NY.

The buyer of a Banksy artwork partially shredded moments after the auction finished will go through with the sale.

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Banksy is known worldwide for his England-based street art.

Banksy is known for his stunts.

In 2006 he secretly erected a life-size replica of a hooded Guantanamo Bay detainee inside a ride in the California Disneyland theme park.

"A man dressed in black sporting sunglasses and a hat was seen scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby's shortly after the incident", Art Newspaper also reported.

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