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09 October 2018 - Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs After £1m Auction Sale

Publié par Marion Coste le 09/10/2018

Banksy Art Shreds Itself

Lulu Garcia-Navarro (NPR, 07/10/2018)

The secretive artist Banksy is known for the political street art he paints in cities around the world. On Friday night, one of his paintings of a small girl and a heart-shaped red balloon just out of reach went to auction at Sotheby's in London and sold for almost $1.4 million. But the room and, presumably, the painting's anonymous buyer were in for a surprise. I asked New York magazine's art critic Jerry Saltz to explain.

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Banksy auction stunt leaves art world in shreds

Chris Johnston (The Guardian, 06/10/2018)

Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious stunts in art history, arranging for one of his best-known works to self-destruct after being sold at auction for just over £1m.

Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on Friday night and its sale price equalled the artist’s previous auction record of £1.04m.

Shortly after the hammer came down on the item, however, the canvas began to pass through a shredder installed in the frame.

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Who was in on Banksy's 'self-destruct' art stunt?

Hilary Clarke (CNN, 08/10/2018)

The auction house says it didn't know anything about it. The artist famously doesn't like to show his face. The buyer is a mystery. So, for that matter, is the seller.

In the case of the "self-destructing Banksy," nothing adds up.

The startling stunt at Sotheby's in London on Friday has set the art world aflame. The image of a girl reaching out for a red, heart-shaped balloon had just sold for $1.4 million.

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Banksy posts video of £1m painting shredding stunt at Sotheby's

(BBC News, 06/10/2018)

Banksy has released a video showing how he secretly built a shredder into one of his paintings that self-destructed after it was sold for more than £1m.

The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist's best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

Moments after the piece was sold, the canvas of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped balloon shredded itself.

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