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Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

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  1. Melody Bot

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    The New York Times:

    The British street artist Banksy pulled off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, when one of his trademark paintings appeared to self-destruct at Sotheby’s in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction.


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  2. JRGComedy

    Trusted Supporter

    Love it
  3. JamesMichael

    Software Engineer Prestigious

    Yeah that was insane.
  4. Orville


    I imagine this would have instantly inflated the value of the piece, so wild.
  5. .K.

    Trusted Prestigious

    It’s such an interesting thing. Kinda feels like a heist movie thing to do.

    Who won the auction before it was destroyed? A part of me thinks that there would be a winner, maybe they were in on winning the auction.

    How was the timing in the shredding device triggered? Was it a remote by someone in the room, or a phone triggered code? Excellently timed.
  6. simonthebutler


    I read one article suggesting it immediately doubled in value.
  7. .K. Oct 8, 2018
    (Last edited: Oct 8, 2018)

    Trusted Prestigious

    Well it is infamous now. The shredding wasn’t completed. Was that intentional? Who sold it to Sotheby’s?

    The whole Banksy thing will be a great film in 30 years.
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  8. Ryan

    Might be Spider-Man...

    Agreed. Still torn on whether it's a who, or a collective.
  9. Transient_Hymn

    Somebody Turn the Neon Down Supporter

    This definitely makes that piece more valuable.
  10. Nick

    @fangclubb Prestigious

    Would assume soon each shredded strand would be as valuable as the full piece.
  11. SEANoftheDEAD


    Pretty wild. If you ever visit Amsterdam, check out the Banksy art gallery. It's pretty surreal seeing all of his work in person.