Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ Painting Self Destructed After Being Sold at Auction

Did you really think that Banksy would let one of his art pieces sell at auction without some sort of spectacle? I think not, my friends.

This past Friday, Banksy’s Girl With Balloon was sold during a Sotheby’s auction for approximately $1.4 million. Immediately after the the Bid Caller closed the sale with his gavel, the painting began being shredded. It was later discovered via Banksy’s Instagram that he installed a built in shredder into the frame in case Girl With Balloon was ever sold. Talk about a long con.

Watch the video below to see the painting get shredded in front of everyone at the auction.


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. “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge” – Picasso

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Don’t feel bad for the person that won the auction. Chances are the Girl With Balloon is worth a lot more money now.

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