Banksy Pranks Auction House, Shreds $1 Million Artwork

Street artist Banksy, who has never revealed his identity, pulled off the biggest prank in auction history.


Going, going, gone…

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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. 


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