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  • Banksy artwork shreds itself after £1m sale at Sotheby's

    A stencil spray painting by elusive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold for more than £1m.
    Girl With Balloon, one of Banksy's most widely recognised works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London.
    The framed piece shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon and was the final work sold at the auction.
    However, in a twist to be expected from street art's most subversive character, the canvas suddenly passed through a shredder installed in the frame.
    Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: "Going, going, gone..."
    The 2006 piece was shown dangling in pieces from the bottom of the frame, after it sold for £1.042m on Friday night.
    "It appears we just got Banksy-ed," said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-45770028



  • #2
    And now it's valued at £1,5million.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/re...4dc596b8ffb056

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Sniffit View Post
      And now it's valued at £1,5million.
      I read that. And was like: Oh, fuck off.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sniffit View Post
        And now it's valued at £1,5million.

        https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/re...4dc596b8ffb056
        And just like that, people missed the whole point of the stunt...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Sniffit View Post
          And now it's valued at £1,5million.

          https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/re...4dc596b8ffb056
          He should've taken his shredding seriously and adhered to NSA/CSS Specification 02-01 for High Security Crosscut Paper Shredders. The only way to definitely destroy one's art in protest is with Capital Shredder's K-16 Destroyer. But these art buying morons would spend $4 million for a pile of Banksy's paper powder no matter how much he hates them.

          https://www.papershredders.com/K-16-...-Shredder.html

          You almost got them Banksy, almost.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Devil Child View Post

            He should've taken his shredding seriously and adhered to NSA/CSS Specification 02-01 for High Security Crosscut Paper Shredders. The only way to definitely destroy one's art in protest is with Capital Shredder's K-16 Destroyer. But these art buying morons would spend $4 million for a pile of Banksy's paper powder no matter how much he hates them.

            https://www.papershredders.com/K-16-...-Shredder.html

            You almost got them Banksy, almost.
            As Ivan hinted at above, I doubt it would have made a difference.

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            • #7
              Not at all, just rich people in competition with each other to have stupid shit with stupid price tags.

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              • #8
                The performance-art scene is... crazy.

                I once attended a conference by a feminist performance "artist". One of her stunts was to measure a room with her body, lying on the ground. Then she took en clothes off, plunged them in water (which quickly turned brown because the ground is usually dirty), filled cups with the water and sold them.

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                • #9
                  Wealthy people love their little rebellious pet artists most of all. The more anti-establishment their artists are, the more sophisticated they perceive themselves. This masterpiece is now a reasonably priced cock-tail party anecdote.

                  Should of Björked it.

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                  • #10
                    Modern and contemporary art is a fraud.

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                    • #11
                      sad thing is there are a lot of great artists and then this sort of pretentious crap

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                      • #12
                        https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/worl...=5845376471001

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