Banksy Buyer Plans to Keep Shredded Painting

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2018

The buyer of a Banksy print that began shredding itself as soon as the hammer went down is going ahead with the purchase.

Refuting that the auction house had prior knowledge about Banksy's stunt, Sotheby's cited Banksy's previous pranks on some of the world's most respected museums and galleries, as well as precedences of destructing works by other artists.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge", Banksy quoted Picasso in the caption to an Instagram video, detailing how he planted the device in the frame, in case the painting should ever be put up for auction.

The artwork's name has changed from "Girl with Balloon" to "Love is in the Bin", Sotheby's auction said in a statement Thursday.

"Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist's newly titled Love is in the Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction", Branczik says.

Sotheby's said the buyer of the 2006 work "Balloon Girl", identified only as "a female European collector and a long-standing client of Sotheby's", had made a decision to continue with the purchase at the original price.

Now, not at all surprisingly, the shredded "Girl with Balloon" has evolved into a meme, as the internet imagines what else would be worthy of a shredding-from Belgian frites to the famous Kramer from Seinfeld poster.

The European woman who bought the piece, who does not want to be named, said: "At first I was shocked, but I realised I would end up with my own piece of art history".

The gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.

Pest Control, Banksy's official authentication body, has recertified the work and granted a new certificate, the reports said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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