Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Woman to keep shredded Banksy Girl With Balloon painting

Woman to keep shredded Banksy Girl With Balloon painting

It's become something else entirely: Now it's the only Girl with Balloon-and there are other copies that have sold at auction, not to mention the original, which Banksy spray-painted on an East London wall back in 2002-that has also been shredded.

The announcement follows a week of negotiation between the buyer and the auction house and unprecedented speculation over the stunt.

Sotheby's says the winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has made a decision to go through with the purchase. In a video, a person purported to be the anonymous graffiti artist is shown installing a shredder inside the gilded frame "in case it was ever put up for auction".

Today, October 11, Sotheby's fueled the continued, gripping saga of Banksy's recent stunt, where he deployed the self-destruction of a 2006 painting of his, just as the gavel banged down on its $1.3 million sale.

Sotheby's claimed to have been surprised by Friday's auction prank, but some art experts have questioned how it was possible to pull it off without their knowledge, especially seeing how post-auction they have willingly embraced the act of destruction.

Sotheby's said the unnamed buyer, described as a female European collector and long-standing client of the house, has gone ahead with the purchase for the price agreed on the night.

The artwork has since been renamed "Love is in the Bin" and certificated by Pest Control, a company run by Banksy, who keeps his identity secret, London-based auctioneers Sotheby's said.

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art, Europe, said: "Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one".

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