According to The Art Newspaper, copy of one of Banksy’s better-known works – the “Girl with a Balloon” painting – was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York City, garnering a record-setting bid of $1.4 million. Once the bidding had come to a close on the iconic Banksy piece, the artwork started to sound an alarm and was subsequently destroyed by a shredder hidden within the frame. Staff proceeded to rush the artwork out of the room before it could be fully shredded.
The spray-painted canvas “Girl With Balloon” went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night, equaling a record price for the artist. Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, emerging out the bottom in strips.
A post on Banksy’s official Instagram account showed the moment with the words “Going, going, gone…”
Alex Branczik, head of contemporary European art at the auction house, said: “It appears we just got Banksy-ed.”
Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England and has become one of the world’s best-known artists.