Picture of Banksy “Girl with balloon” for $1.4 million self-destructed after the sale


Last night at Sotheby’s in London was an unusual situation.

The fact that 5 October is one of the best works by the British street artist, who goes by the pseudonym Banksy, has self-destructed. It happened after the last blow of the hammer when the buyer evaluated in 860 thousand pounds.

The process of destruction of the painting “Girl with ball” observed the customers and employees of the Sotheby’s auction. According to foreign publications, the Financial Times, at the bottom of the massive frame, the author hid a special mechanism for cutting the paper.

“We have not faced in the past with a similar situation… so that the picture suddenly was cut into pieces on reaching at auction almost a record result for the artist”, – commented on this unusual act of Banksy head of the Department of modern art Sotheby’s auction Alex Branczik.

Will now have to pay the buyer for the spoiled lot, it is not yet clear. The picture on the auction shows that the picture was cut into many thin strips.

Need to remind you that Banksy is a remarkable artist, who does unusual work. They are popular in our days. Graffiti “Girl with ball” is one of the most famous paintings of the artist.

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