Banksy is an artist that almost no one knows anything about, yet is world famous. Some of Banksy’s more popular pieces include a 2006 painting Girl With Red Balloon, a popular design that some of you might have seen as graffiti.
The painting was recently put up for auction where it sold for around $1.4 million, but Banksy being Banksy, decided that it should be shredded the moment the gavel hit the auctioneer’s podium. Apparently, someone in the crowd pressed a remote control that activated a hidden shredder within the picture’s frame, destroying the painting.
Auction officials were quick to remove the painting, but mobile phones and cameras captured the whole thing. According to a video that was uploaded by Banksy on Instagram and has since been taken down, the artist hid the shredder within the frame many years ago, so this was a long time coming.
We don’t know if the buyer is expected to pay for the shredded painting or if not. Hey, that’s art too. It might even be worth more now since the art world is so weird. One thing is for sure, Banksy never disappoints. I bet the buyer is still pretty upset about the whole thing.