‘Going, Going, Gone...’: Banksy Artwork Shreds Itself After Sale

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"He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius", he said. It first appeared as street art in London in 2002 before its removal in 2014.

Parachuting Rat was a series of artworks in Melbourne, Australia, created by the Bristol artist.

"It was not clear whether the artist had attended the auction in person to deliver the coup de grâce to his work", the Financial Times reported.

Everything surrounding Banksy is shrouded in mystery, so who all was privy to the self-destructing work of art before it happened is unclear, but the video account, screenshotted and posted to Twitter by multiple users, contends that Banksy did it all on objective.

"It appears we just got Banksy-ed", Branczik said after the painting was reduced to shreds. The publication also reports the trademark piece was purchased by an anonymous bidder through a representative who was present at the event. They are discussing the next steps to take.

It was instantly recognizable as a Banksy to anyone familiar with his work. It was signed and dedicated on the reverse and had been acquired by the vendor directly from the artist in 2006, the auction house said.

Usually if artwork is damaged before leaving an auction house, the sale is canceled, but Sotheby's auctioneers now think the shredded art has become even more of a collectible.




The portrait, which shows a young girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon, was encased in a gold frame.

It features just two simple shapes, with the statement: "There is always hope". He called Banksy's prank "a turning point in the history of contemporary and conceptual art". It originally appeared on a wall on Great Eastern Street, London, and a year ago it was voted the nation's favourite artwork.

Banksy is renowned for his provocative and satirical street art, which is sometimes politically charged.

In response, Andrew Bloch, founder and managing partner of London comms agency Frank said: "This was the PR stunt of the year, in my opinion".

Banksy uploaded footage of him installing the shredder into the painting.

The image was later projected on the Eiffel Tower and Nelson's column in Paris. It was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy's best-known images.

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