It’s tough enough for an art collection agency to get their hands on an initial Banksy. It’s also harder when the perennially-provocative British musician determines to sell one that self-destructs.
That’s what happened on Friday evening at a Sotheby’s auction in London. As quickly as the gavel came down on the $1.4 million sale, the paint relocated through a remotely-controlled paper shredder installed in all-time low of the photo structure.
” It appears we’ve just been Banksy’ed” Sotheby’s senior supervisor claimed. The painting was a gallery original of Girl With Balloon, one of the confidential musician’s most legendary pictures, which initially appeared as an item of road art on Great Eastern Street, in the east London area of Shoreditch, in 2002. It was eliminated in 2014.
While the prank can be interpreted of a send-up of the hype and also cost rising cost of living that specifies the modern-day art world, it could also end up sustaining the fire.
When it comes to the inadequate (however likewise very rich) customer that unsuspectingly bought a shredded original? Sothebys did not disclose their identification but launched a statement to the Financial Times (paywall) “We have spoken with the successful purchaser that was amazed by the tale. We remain in discussion about following steps.”