The auction prank of mysterious Banksy


Banksy, the world famous anonymous street artist recently played which would turn out to be one of the most audacious stunts ever happened in the art history. He has made arrangements to self-destruct one of his most famous arts after it being sold for over £ 1 million at an auction.

On Friday night, the final item which was left at an auction at the Sotheby’s of London was the “Girl With Balloon”. The sale price of this precious item was as £ 1.4 million.

When the hammer came down and the item was sold for £ 1.4 million, something exciting happened. The

Meanwhile, Banksy posted a picture of this shredded work on his Instagram account with the caption “Going, going, gone..”. canvas of the picture started to pass through a shredder which was installed inside the frame


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Going, going, gone…

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Alex Branczik, the Senior Director of Sotheby said;

It appears we just got Banksy-ed. We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps”.

However, the auction house has taken a decision to decline to reveal the true identity of the purchaser.

Banksy uploaded a video on his Instagram account, Saturday evening with the caption “A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting”.

This video clip shows a hooded figure. This hooded figure is putting some finishing touches on the device. Then suddenly, a text displays on the screen with the words “In case it was ever put up for auction”.



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

A post shared by Banksy (@banksy) on is the website which resells the pieces of Banksy.  They have stated that the value of the piece “Girl with Balloon” has being increasing in the last years.

Joey Syer, the co-founder of said;

“Prices now are regularly exceeding £ 115,000 for signed authenticated prints. The auction result will only propel this further and given the media attention this stunt has received, the lucky buyer would see a great return on the £ 1.02 million they paid last night.”

He further said;

“This is now part of art history in its shredded state and we would estimate Banksy has added a minimum 50% to its value, possibly as high as being worth £ 2 million plus.”

Last year, “Girl with Balloon” was voted as the “Best-loved work of art” of UK.

No matter what, identity of Banksy is still a mystery!


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