Banksy Painting Shreds Itself Immediately After Being Auctioned For $1.4 Million

October 8, 2018

This is a video from the Sotheby's auction house in London of the Bansky painting "Girl With Balloon (2006)" shredding itself immediately after bidding ended for the piece at £1,042,000 ($1.4 million). The piece's destruction was all thanks to a custom shredding frame Banksy built "in case it was ever put up for auction" and remotely activated following the sale. No word how the person who bought the piece feels about this shocking turn of events, except yes we do and I'm mad as hell about it. "You did not buy the painting." Hell no, I fought my way out of there with my little paddle before they could make me pay for it. "It's probably worth even more now." Please don't say that.

Keep going for the shredding in action.

Thanks to Ilana, Irina and Thaylor H, who agree Banksy probably bought it himself.

  • Kaizer Chief

    What a tool.

  • Designer1323

    Banksy is a true genius! He's showing the world that his art is for the PEOPLE not just one person INSPIRED!

  • TheQiwiMan

    Didn't even shred it all the way, kinda defeating the whole purpose of shredding something.

    Yeah, he just wanted to make it worth more money, not actually destroy it.

  • GeneralDisorder

    A cross-cut shredder is a bit more challenging to hide.

  • FearlessFarris

    Yep. Should have gone with the cross-cut. A pile of confetti would have been way more impactful.

  • Gilbert

    I would have loved to see the winning bidder's face when that happened...

  • BookCake

    Isn't art all about being weird and stuff?

  • bakuryu

    Is that why you call yourself an artist?

    Nice username,by the way.

  • BookCake

    Yeah, I guess so.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    there's no way this didn't make the painting worth more now

  • tyr2180

    Wait, do we really think the buyer didn't know about the shredder and wasn't in on the whole thing? I just figured he's in Banksy's little club. Or at least privy to the whole plan and was
    part of the whole 'performance art' of it.

  • rhartness

    I 100% agree. When I first read the headlines this weekend, I immediately knew that the buyer was one lucky purchaser. He could have put it back on the auction block and probably doubled his investment right then an there. I'm not a Banksy fan but this elevated this piece to probably one of the top 5 pieces of his art in future history.

  • cathianncartergriego

    rhartness I do not agree

  • Jenness

    I have no idea why this is considered art but to each his own.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I'm guessing the hypergolic art-incinerator wasn't considered safe for indoor use.

  • The_Wretched

    Banksy speaks to ephemera and the transitory nature of art. Hence much of his art was in the form of tagging or "graphite" to the illiterate who have poor word selection skills. He's also engaging in the "Art" of either creating FOMO or reducing FOMO based on on-going small FOMO challenges.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    "Graffiti"??

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