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DUBAI – Street artist Banksy’s artwork gave people at a recent auction the shock of their lives after the artwork got shredded just seconds after it was sold.
It was not clear how the artist activated a hidden shredder in the frame of his painting Girl With Balloon just after it was sold last week by Sotheby’s for $1.4 million (Dh6.8 million).
An unnamed female European buyer said she will keep the artwork despite its partly shredded state.
“When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realise that I would end up with my own piece of art history,” the buyer said.
British artist Banksy posted a video on Instagram after the incident, saying he secretly built the shredder into the painting a few years ago in case it was ever put up for auction.
In his post, he added a quote from Pablo Picasso: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”.
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Art critics have said the secretive artist’s act of destroying his art to undermine capitalists who buy it might have only increased its value.
“The leftovers from this destruction will acquire a new prestige and additional monetary worth,” said Mikael Faujour of art magazine Artension.
Thierry Ehrmann, head of art firm Artprice, projects that the artwork might now be worth
“more than two million euros” after the prank. GAD/Expat Media
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