This genius idea became once again a topic to talk about. The woman who bought “Girl With A Balloon”, a 2006 spray paint on canvas is paying £1.04 million for Banksy‘s shredded artwork and she wants to keep it.
Since the whole self-destroying painting fuss, the famous artwork has been renamed “Love is in the Bin”, an adequate named since Banksy‘s actions wowed the entire world. Wven a self-destroyed artwork didn’t stop the buyer from wanting to keep it, and the woman has made it clear that she really plans to.
“When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history,” the European collector told to the British newspaper, The Guardian.
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Sothebys displayed the piece at its London galleries from October 13-14, after that it was delivered to the successful buyer.
Since the prank, there have been claims that its value has increased since going under the shredder by around 20 percent. It is definitely the “first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction,” according to Sothebys’ senior director, Alex Branczik.
This, of course, wasn’t the first major Banksy prank. In 2006, the artist snuck in an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainment camp prisoner in Disneyland. The piece stayed up for over an hour until the ride had to be shut down to remove it. Most people can’t even sneak outside drinks into Disneyland.
Many claim that Banksy didn’t destroy the artwork in the auction, he actually created a new one!