Just moments after it was auctioned off for $1.4 million to an undisclosed bidder at Sotheby’s in London, Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” appeared to self-destruct.
The canvas — bearing one of the mysterious artist’s most famous pieces — slid down it's frame, shredding half of the piece, much to the shock of auction attendees.
The stunning and widely viewed moment was seen as a pointed criticism of the lucrative art world from the daring artist. But art dealers and auction house directors think the unique stunt has only made the $1.4 million work — a price that set a record for a Banksy piece — more valuable. (TIME)
WIKI- Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.