Banksy prank 'a coup on the art world'

Banksy prank 'a coup on the art world'

Far from being torn up over the incident, the buyer of a work by street artist Banksy - that was partially shredded moments after it was sold - has gone through with the purchase.

After the gavel fell Friday at Sotheby's auction house in London, Banksy's Girl with Balloon was reduced to shreds - another apparent act in the disruptive career of the anonymous British graffiti artist.

"Girl With Balloon", which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon, "was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy's best-known images", reports the Daily Telegraph. This was announced Thursday by the auction house. The identity of author was not disclosed. He has indicated his opposition to the commercialisation of his street art - he has made clear he wishes to live a life on the streets - and in 2014 vocally criticised an auction that sought to sell an array of public murals from across the world.

Shopper the work of British street artist Banksy "Girl with balloon" has chose to pay for it and keep despite the fact that immediately after the hammer blow of the auctioneer the work has samoisklyuchilis by more than half in the shredder, hidden in the frame.

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There's no word on how the shredder started operating at the key moment after the auction, though it could have been activated by a remote mechanism.

The urge "to destroy is also a creative urge", Banksy had stated on his Instagram account, where he posted a video about how he had prepared the shredder hidden in the frame. Banksy's humorous, often bitingly political, thought-provoking pieces introduced the media and the public to the world of street art and showed those aspiring street artists, who believed they had traditionally been excluded from the art world, that there was a place for their work, he says.

Reportedly, if the artwork is damaged when it is in the auction house, the buyer is not expected to transfer the money and take over the artwork. "Nobody thought it was weird for the frame to have a power source (for the shredder) or the fact that there were blades in the frame?" one post reads claiming it was all a "pre-planned stunt".

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