Banksy artwork self-destructs after selling at auction for £1m

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  • Published on:  10/6/2018
  • Girl With Balloon, a well-known Banksy artwork, is the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London. Shortly after selling for £1.04m, the canvas passes through a shredder installed in the bottom of the frameSubscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressubSupport the Guardian ► https://theguardian.com/supportusThe Guardian ► https://www.theguardian.comThe Guardian YouTube network:The Guardian ► www.youtube.com/theguardianOwen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjonesGuardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootballGuardian Sport ► http://bit.ly/GDNsportGuardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardiancultureGuardian Science and Tech ► http://is.gd/guardiantech
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  • Jordan Rae 8 months ago

    Itll be worth even more now

  • Jett Newton 8 months ago

    Thomas Wepfer and when someone buys it for 2m it will just explodeBut the ashes will be sold for 1bil

  • Kaot!c Xeno 8 months ago

    @Ana Melona heeellll yeeah

  • Pink Alien 8 months ago

    Haha troll level = INFINITY

  • AwesomeBlackDude 8 months ago

    @Hanareum the auction house 🏡 is now claiming it worth 10x even more, so I called it correctly. 😁

  • Atila H 8 months ago

    @Hanareum you need to get shooted

  • Tiger H. Lore 8 months ago

    Banksy destroys an art piece to screw over the rich; but the rich love it. Now the art piece will make them even richer.

  • Micky W 8 months ago

    Tiger H. Lore hell yeah

  • irresistablejewel 8 months ago

    @ndica I have to offer a correction. It seems the sale was actually completed and (according to "The Guardian") ... Sotheby’s said in a statement to the Financial Times: “We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps.” By the way, some commentators (not you) do not seem to understand the difference between "street art" and "graffiti" ... graffiti is just writing; usually more stylish than "tagging"...

  • PrimeDay 8 months ago

    The whole point of this is “there are children in the world starving to death and you just spent a million on a picture. This is what you get.” 😂

  • Sharif Aidarus 8 months ago

    Yeetis will do boss!

  • Sharif Aidarus 8 months ago

    name if you were in a tough situation I’d still help you.

  • Frank Burns 8 months ago

    'The price of everything and the value of nothing...'

  • Frank Burns 8 months ago

    True...I agree with you...but Love isn't 'tangible.' The quote from Wilde refers to material acquisitions? Then again...maybe not.

  • johnson99quinton 8 months ago

    Love is the opposite, it costs nothing and it’s value is everything.

  • ILLUMINAT3D 8 months ago

    *Try explaining this to an alien visitor.*

  • Craig Anthony 8 months ago

    okay

  • Dank Scrote 8 months ago

    This comment is really irrelevant

  • a b 8 months ago

    When you got so much cash you don't know what to do with it

  • Nathan White 8 months ago

    And I thought I was stupid for wasting money on no mans sky

  • Taya U 8 months ago

    Underrated comment.

  • Nes D 8 months ago

    Your life needs an update, NMS next, is awesome

  • Dante Murch 8 months ago

    This is the first "postmodern" art piece to actually be of real value.

  • Dante Murch 8 months ago

    @SeanNotConnery They virtually monolithically claim to be socialists too. It is difficult even to make fun of this mess.

  • 「 OKAY 」 8 months ago

    I don't understand why Banksy keeps getting called a hack, he never asked for the media circus around his work. It's the people who tear down graffiti-ridden walls to sell off at auction and the idiots who buy them that are worthless.

  • Superbed3 8 months ago

    Human Cancerbag I assume you mean yourself.

  • Human Cancerbag 8 months ago

    @Superbed3 when you dont get it. Baaa baaa said the sheep