Banksy Painting Self-destructs After Selling for $1.1 Million

Banksy, Girl and Balloon in 2003. Photo by Maja Smiejkowska/REX/Shutterstock (9449014b)

Going, going… gone.

The enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy pranked the elite at Sotheby’s Auction House in London this weekend (October 5). One of his most iconic paintings was put up for auction and sold for a whopping $1.1 million. Moments later, however, the painting self-destructed.

An alarm immediately sounded following the startling bid and the painting was shredded beyond repair from the bottom of the frame.

Seemingly unaware that this was going to happen, Alex Branczik, the head of contemporary art simply said: “It appears we just got Banksy-ed.”

He then declared: “He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius.”

“The shredding is now part of the integral artwork. We have not experienced a situation where a painting has spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist.”

After the incident happened, the anonymous Banksy posted a video of the event on his Instagram.