banksy reveals how he created £1million artwork to shred itself after auction

banksy reveals how he created £1million artwork to shred itself after auction

banksy has revealed how he stunned the art world last friday after an artwork of his self-destructed seconds after being sold at auction. the elusive british street artist‘s ‘girl with a balloon‘ painting sold at sotheby’s london for $1.4 million before dropping through a shredder that was built into the frame.

banksy reveals how he built his 'self-destructing' artwork



whilst fetching a decent price it has since been speculated that the work has increased in value because of its historical significance. it was a brilliant PR stunt,‘ offer waterman, a dealer in 20th-century british art, who attended the art auction, told the new york times. ‘it’s going to elevate his prices. it’s become worth more as a conceptual moment than as a work of art itself.


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a day after the event day banksy released a quick video revealing how he did it. as soon as the auctioneer brings the gavel down, the canvas can be seen being pulled down through the bottom of the frame and emerging in shreds.

  • The cutting edge of the X-Acto blades are arranged parallel to the face of the frame/plane of artwork. How could those blades have shredded the artwork? Am I missing something?

    Daniel says:
  • Although I also have “technical” questions, like battery life, etc. I have decided put them aside to instead feel intense gratitude for this act. This is what you get for spending enough to save hundreds or thousands of people some hardship and pain, on a few swirls of paint. In the words of Eddie Vedder, “This is not for you”

    Eric D says:
  • Here’s your answer Daniel.
    You’re welcome 🙂

    Anthony says:

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