Banksy strikes with a genius move once his painting “Girl With Balloon,” a 2006 spray paint on canvas, is sold for $1,4 Million at auction by Sotheby’s.
After the competition between two telephone bidders, it was hammered down by the auctioneer Oliver Barker for 1 million pounds, more than three times the estimate and a new auction high for a work solely by the artist, according to Sotheby’s.
The most anonymous artist in the world attacked again and left everyone surprised when one of his most famous works of art self-destroys. The picture “Girl with Balloon” had just been auctioned off for over a million pounds when it was pierced by a hidden paper cutter.
The lawsuit left everyone present at the auction hall in London shocked. The people were amazed to see the work turning to pieces. Staff at the facility rushed to prevent the painting from disappearing. And Bansky? Well, he took off as usual.
The auction house Sotheby’s said the “unexpected accident” became a feat in the history of the arts. After such event, “Girl With Balloon” – painted on a wall in East London and voted the UK’s favorite work, was valued after the accident. Now it’s worth twice as much.
Because of the repercussion, the artist posted on the Instagram some clues about the reasons for the destruction of the artwork. “The desire to destroy is also a creative impulse.”
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Some might state it is just a marketing campaign, but the truth is that such an idea was genius.