- Going Going Gone! (Banksy)
<p class=”story-body__introduction”>A stencil spray painting by elusive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold for more than £1m.</p>
The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist’s best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London.
The piece which shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon was the final work sold at the auction.
However, moments after the piece went under the hammer, the canvas passed through a shredder that was hidden inside the frame.
Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: “Going, going, gone…”
The 2006 piece sold for £1.042m on Friday night.
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe.
Certainly a more interesting way of selling thingsPosted 1 week agomikewsmithSubscriber
yeah cause batteries don’t existPosted 1 week agoJoBMember
yeah cause batteries don’t exist
do they hold their charge for 12 years, or are remote controlled?Posted 1 week ago
Banksy is good at publicity, it sucks me into taking about their work. They have a good eye for a location and a message but the quality of the work is pretty poor. There are other street artists doing far more interesting work IMO.
There is talk that Banksy could be 3D from Bristol based Massive Attack. This is based on an interview with Goldie where he let this slip.Posted 1 week agotjagainMember
Do they not realise Banksy is sending them up?
I find the whole art world quite astonishing in this way – the emperors new clothes. I have a friend who in the early 80s made a sale with some daubs while a student – simply just take a 4″ brush and in a single colour make streaks horizontally across a canvas. ( she had been experimenting with a wide range of styles at that time) Having made one sale with that she has simply repeated it for 30 years and now is a well respected artist making a living from it. I haven’t dared ask her if she believes in it but the nonsense I have seen written about her stuff makes my teeth curl One she did in mid green – just a plain canvas with streaks of green like a badly painted first coat of emulsion ” You have really captured the essence of purest green with this one – your best yet”Posted 1 week ago
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