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Q: "F**king Hysterical" - Watch Banksy Painting Self-Destruct At Sotheby's Auction ...

A Banksy painting "self-destructed" Friday evening on the auction podium at Sotheby’s New Bond Street location in London after being sold for 1.04 million pounds.

The spray-painted canvas "Girl With Balloon" was subjected to furious bidding at the Contemporary Art Evening Sale with a winning bid by telephone, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and a record price for the mysterious artist. Shortly after the auction was concluded, an alarm from within the painting sounded, with most of the artwork emerging from the bottom in strips. Hidden within the base of the frame was a shredder.

"We’ve just been Banksy’ed," Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European head of contemporary art, said at a press conference after the auction. "We have not experienced this situation in the past . . . where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a [near-]record for the artist. We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context," he said.

Banksy, who remains one of the most mysterious artists of this era, began his career spray-painting buildings in England and has become a global figure.

Some of his works include two policemen kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces, and a chimpanzee with a sign displaying the words "Laugh now, but one day I'll be in charge."

A post on Banksy's official Instagram page showed the moment when auction house officials and bidders were stunned when the artwork self-destructed. He titled the post "Going, going, gone..."

 

Vids of self destruction on the weblink ...

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-06/fcking-historical-watch-banksy...

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Best piece of art I ever saw (seen?) was David by Michelangelo.   Now that was friggin' amazing.  How the heck he sculpt that outta rock blows my mind.  

 

 DavidMichelangeloDavid is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marblebetween 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents theBiblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. 

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Worth twice as much now.

Such is culture.

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would that be historical or hysterical, I"m confused

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https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-10-12/furor-over-banksy-paintings-su...

 

As has become depressingly commonplace in contemporary society, street artist Banksy's latest provocative anti-consumerist gesture has been exposed as just another marketing stunt. As the Financial Times reports, auction house Sotheby's has completed the sale of Banksy's "Girl with Balloon" painting - a sale that caused a stir in the art world when it self-destructed immediately after the auction-house gavel came down via a shredding mechanism hidden in the frame. Banksy's handling services organization, Pest Control, has blessed the half-shredded painting as a new work, entitled "Love is in the Bin", and the painting's original winning bidder, an anonymous female European collector, has pressed ahead with the purchase, though she now has the option of re-selling it on the secondary market for an even larger premium.surprise

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Modern Art to me is like that old fable that we all learned as kids.  I just can't remember it now,,,,  something to do with how with Groupthink you can make something seem more valuable, desirable, good than it really is.

 

It's more about the person's street creds with the MA crowd.  He could probably put up a blank canvas.... title it:   A Glimpse into the Ethos        and get a million bucks for that too.

 

I think they had the right attitude about MA on Seinfeld.  haha,,, excellent.   called the artist 'Triangle Guy',,,  but George still bought the piece,,, haha.  crazy show that Seinfeld.  funny stuff.

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Modern art is usually crap. I'm no expert, but this Banksy seems different. The shredder stunt required some skill and extreme foresight to pull off.
And yes, the destroyed shards of the painting will be worth twice as much, now.

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Best piece of art I ever saw (seen?) was David by Michelangelo.   Now that was friggin' amazing.  How the heck he sculpt that outta rock blows my mind.  

 

 DavidMichelangeloDavid is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marblebetween 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents theBiblical hero David, a favoured subject in the art of Florence. 

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