Banksy Just Trolled Art Buyers When His Painting "Self-Destructed" After Selling For $1.3 Million

Banksy Just Trolled Art Buyers When His Painting “Self-Destructed” After Selling For $1.3 Million

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed.”
$1,300,000 BANKSY artwork piece just “self-destructed” right after it was sold at Sotheby’s auction!🤯😳 (An alarm sound went off and the frame began to shred the art piece.)🚨 https://t.co/TAsrE9ptIh


Banksy’s iconic “Girl With Red Balloon” sold at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London on Friday for just over £1 million ($1.3 million).
But just as the auctioneer’s hammer went down, the painting began to shred itself through its frame, apparently triggered by a remote device.

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary for Europe, told shocked onlookers.

This human is a GENIUS. $1.3M Banksy Artwork “Self-Destructs” right after it’s sold at Auction. https://t.co/9KAmZoJu95 https://t.co/Wmq1lvU3BM

Banksy, who chooses to remain anonymous, appeared to confirm the hoax on Instagram.

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Going, going, gone…

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Needless to say, people absolutely loved it.

They said it was the enigmatic street artist’s way of telling the world that his work “isn’t meant to be owned”

And that Banksy is probably the only person who could pull this off.

Some questioned whether it had actually been shredded at all.

In any case, others concluded, Banksy can continue to hold the well-earned title of “world’s smuggest man”.

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