Banksy's self-shredding artwork gets a new name

Brenda Watkins
October 14, 2018

For those who didn't get a chance to see the incident unfold last week (and are not already exhausted of reading about it), Love Is In the Bin goes on show at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries on 13 and 14 October.

Just after the painting was sold on October 5 for $1.37 million, an alarm sounded and then the canvas began sliding through the bottom of the frame, emerging in shreds as those in attendance watched in disbelief.

No one knows how the secretive artist activated a shredder hidden within the frame of his painting Girl with Balloon just after it was sold last week by Sotheby's for $1.4 million (Dh6.8 million).

"When I heard the hammer (auction host) and the work was cut into pieces, at first I was shocked, but gradually began to realize that in the end I get a piece of art history" - gives the auction house the words of a girl, whose name is not called.

In another tweet, the auction house said, "The buyer, a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby's, is proceeding with the purchase at the same price as was achieved in the room on the night".

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"In the process of "destroying" the artwork, a new one was created", Sotheby's said.

Banksy later posted a video of the moment of the painting's destruction to Instagram captioned, "Going, going gone ..."

The artwork selfdestructed moments after being sold at auction for ₤1.04 million ($A1.96 million), in a prank apparently orchestrated by the elusive street artist.

Because it is only partially shredded, "it becomes something else, egged on by the social media buzz" and acquires the aura of "an iconic work of art", he said.

Banksy's painting Girl with Red Balloon was shredded after its sale at a Sotheby's auction in London.

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