Onlookers gasped and laughed after the bottom half of "Girl with Balloon", one of Banksy's best-known works, was sucked into a shredder hidden in its frame as the hammer fell last Friday after a bid of 1,042,000 pounds ($1.38 million) - matching Banksy's all-time record.
But the artwork was granted certification by Pest Control, Banksy's authentication body, and has been given the new title Love Is In The Bin. "It is a new and all the more valuable work of art, a unique document of an exciting moment in contemporary art history".
UK-based artist Banksy arranged one of his well-known painting Girl With Balloon to self-destruct by shredding itself soon after it was auctioned for $1.4 million.
"Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist's newly-titled Love Is In The Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction".
The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.
Just after the painting was sold on October 5 for 1.04 million pounds ($1.37 million), an alarm sounded and then the canvas began sliding through the bottom of the frame, emerging in shreds as those in attendance watched in disbelief.More news: Missing toll soars to 5,000 in engulfed Indonesia quake neighbourhoods
Turns out there was a shredder built inside the frame that was activated immediately after the painting was auctioned.
For those who didn't get a chance to see the incident unfold last week (and are not already exhausted of reading about it), Love Is In the Bin goes on show at Sotheby's New Bond Street galleries on 13 and 14 October.
BanksyAccording to Wikipedia: "Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique".
The angle from which the man was filming could also correspond to the angle used in Banksy's video version of events.
The destruction has prompted copycat actions with a £40,000 piece of Banksy artwork "now worth under £1 after a collector shredded it in attempt to copy the famous artist", says the Bristol Post.
In 2006 he secretly erected a life-size replica of a hooded Guantanamo Bay detainee inside a ride in the California Disneyland theme park.