“Balloon Girl” Painting Self-Destructs at Sale!

CAIRO, Oct. 7 (SEE) – In a never-to-be-seen thing, a famous painting shred itself into pieces at the moment it sold at a London auction on Friday.

Before the eyes of attendees, the painting which was drew by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into pieces after it was sold for more than 1 million pounds at a London auction, Reuters reported

“Girl with Balloon”, one of Banksy’s best-known works, disappeared into a shredder hidden in its frame as the hammer fell at 1,042,000 pounds ($1.37 million), a sum that matched the artist’s previous record sale, auction house Sotheby’s said.

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, senior director and head of contemporary art, said in a statement on Sotheby’s website.

Banksy himself posted an Instagram picture of shocked onlookers watching the painting disintegrate, with the caption: “Going, going, gone…”

Sotheby’s said this was “certainly” the first time a work of art started to shred itself after coming under the hammer.

Banksy, whose real identity is unknown, is known for sharply ironic outdoor graffiti with political themes, including at Israel’s barrier at the West Bank and Disneyland where he painted a life-size figure of a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Once a small-time graffiti artist from the English city of Bristol, Banksy’s work has become hugely valuable.

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