Buyer of Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed Plans to Keep It

Buyer of Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed Plans to Keep It

Buyer of Banksy Painting That Self-Destructed Plans to Keep It

Initial concern for the unlucky new owner of the piece soon evaporated, as art experts tipped the half-destroyed work was probably now worth more.

The anonymous street artist known only as Banksy has seemingly trolled the art world in the most spectacular fashion.

Banksy later posted a video of the self-destructing painting on Instagram in which he claimed he equipped the frame with a shredder in case the painting was ever sold.

It might now be worth "more than two million euros", he suggested.

"We have not experienced this situation in the past. where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist", Branczik said. "I think Banksy would find this all very amusing", she said.

However it was years before that rumours about Del Naja began to swirl when Banksy works popped up in cities where Massive Attack were touring at the same time.

Alison Young, a professor of criminology at the University of Melbourne who has studied street art and Banksy for years, said this was far from a prank gone wrong.

The unnamed buyer, described as a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby's, has proceeded with the purchase at the price agreed on the night. He also has a penchant for elaborate pranks. With some of the image hanging down in strips, the 2006 work of spray paint on canvas of a girl reaching for a red, heart-shaped balloon was swiftly carried off.

In 2005, he hung an image of a spear-toting ancient human pushing a shopping cart in the British Museum, where it remained for several days before being discovered.

Mehdi Ben Cheikh, a Parisian street art specialist, said the stunt was "in the same vein as his performance in NY, which questions and criticises the limits of the art market".

The auction house noted that the frame was a selling point for the work of art.

Artcurial will shortly auction three Banksy paintings, along with a resin-crafted figure of a rat holding a paintbrush signed by the artist.

"If I were the buyer, I'd probably have been shocked, then I'd want to preserve it exactly as it is", Hove said.

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