One of Banksy’s most known artworks, Girl With Balloon, started self-destructing.
The piece was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night and started shredding in its frame after a winning bid of more than £1m is accepted at the auction.
The Bristol-born anonymous artist is known for his pranks but this one has left the audience with shock. The street artist later that night celebrated by posting a picture on Instagram quoting “Going, going, gone”.
The image seems to been taken from the audience. Perhaps was Banksy there to witness his prank? There are many speculations around Banksy as he has been successful and managed to hide his identity for all these years. But now, what’s his message?
So many questions until now…the good thing is, at least we know that he planned it! The detailed video he posted on Instagram said: “A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting … in case it was ever put up for auction.”
The video then shows an unidentified person in a hoodie installing the sharp blades in the frame of the picture. However, Banksy has not revealed yet how the device was activated.
Many users have questioned his actions by asking him; Why would he destroy it? If he was planning to destroy all of it or did the shredder malfunction? Or was this whole thing slightly cynical to keep the artwork intact for an increase of value culturally and money wise?
As far as we know Banksy discloses information that only he wants us to know, and I believe that it’s one of the things he does that makes him so mysterious and so good at what he does, cause he doesn’t give everything to us and keeps us thinking.
I think he has managed to grab the media attention at least! I never saw so much discussion about artwork especially street art on TV. I guess his rebellious creative urge to destroy has taken them by surprise!