A half-shredded Banksy artwork, concealed in its frame, was sold at an auction in London on Thursday for almost 18.6 million pounds ($25.4 million), which is equivalent to R375 million.
According to Reuters, auctioneers were left shocked when the then titled “Girl with Balloon” painting was sucked into a shredder as the hammer fell after an alleged bid of 1,042,000 pounds at an October 2018 auction at Sotheby’s in London.
Some thought it was not really shredded, however, Banksy, the artist himself, took to Instagram where he revealed that the piece was really shredded, but the auction house was not “in on it”, reports NPR.
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Now the art piece is called “Love is in the Bin” and the fine piece of work was sold for 18,582,000 pounds and an auction record for the artist.
Meanwhile, A never-before-seen pencil drawing of a broken old man, head in hands looking utterly exhausted, was identified as a work by the creative genius, Vincent Van Gogh and the art world is buzzing.
Picture: Instagram / Banksy