Banksy Painting Self Destructs After Selling For $1.4 Million At Auction

Going, going, gone!

A Banksy painting sold at an auction on Friday for $1.4
million, and moments after the sale it stunned auction-goers as it appeared to
self-destruct, according to NBC News.

The prank is believed to have been orchestrated by Banksy,
who shared a photo on Instagram of the spray-painted “Girl With
Balloon” canvas sliding through a shredder at the base of the painting,
surrounded by stunned onlookers.

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Going, going, gone…

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“Going, going, gone…” Banksy wrote.

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Sotheby’s
senior director Alex Branczik said, according to NBC News. ” He is arguably the greatest British
street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius.”

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ITV news caught the viral moment on video as the photo shred
itself, causing people to audibly gasp!

Fans of the artist quickly took to social media to share
their reactions.

“It’s so epic of Banksy to shred his painting in a careful
way that completely preserves its visual impact and makes it look even cooler.
He really stuck it to those… somebodies for… something?,” one fan
wrote on Twitter.

“I own so many Banksy paintings,” another person
joked, sharing a photo of a box of shredded paper.

“Watch
this Banksy
piece self-destruct just moments after being auctioned for more than $1
million. The trick was using a shredder concealed within the frame. The timing
is perfect. The mayhem is spectacular. And Banksy is just
brilliant.” another person tweeted.

What do you think about Banksy’s epic prank?

— Stephanie Swaim

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