Banksy pranks his own auction
Painting that sold for more than ÃÂ£1 million pounds was torn to shreds
A stencil spray painting by secretive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold at Sotheby's auction house here for more than £1 million pounds. "Girl With Balloon", one of Banksy's most widely recognised works, shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon and was the final work sold at the auction on Friday night, the BBC reported.
However, in a twist to be expected from street art's most subversive character, the canvas suddenly passed through a shredder installed in the frame. Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: "Going, going, gone..."
Banksy is a Bristol-born artist whose true identity, despite rampant speculation, has never been officially revealed.
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