Street artist Banksy, who has never revealed his identity, pulled off the biggest prank in auction history.
Auction house Sotheby’s said that they were “Banksy-ed” when a canvas of Girl With Balloon self-destructed the second it sold for £1.04 million on Friday night.
It opened with the caption: “A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting.”
The statement added: “In case it was ever put up for auction.”
Earlier on Saturday, Banksy had posted a picture of the stunt’s aftermath with the caption: “Going, going, gone…”
Banksy is notorious for his graffiti art in major cities, which can also be categorized as propoganda art.