The famous British street artist Banksy has just pulled off another feat in pranking history: shredding his “Girl with Balloon” piece, right as it was being auctioned off. The ingenious plot consisted of a remote-control shredder being installed within the artwork’s wooden frame housing which was activated after being sold for more than a million pounds. Staff at the auction house Sotheby’s in London have made statements that they were not in the ruse, but some observers have raised doubts about their claim. For instance, the piece was presented on the wall during its sale, which was not the norm for regular art auctions. It was also surprising that no one had noticed the abnormal weight of the frame itself. Ironically enough, the stunt pulled might even raise the value of the art piece due all the attention it has garnered. So, who’s laughing now?
Written by Adib