Banky's self-destructing painting might be worth twice as much now

Banksy has revealed footage of him hiding a shredder in the Girl with Balloon frameMore

For an artist who's known for his stunts, this could be Banksy's most flawless art world prank.

The "Girl with a Balloon" image, which first debuted in 2004, has become one of the artist's most iconic creations.

Following the shredding, Sotheby's senior director Alex Branczik said: "It appears we just got Banksy-ed".

Yesterday, it was reported here [VIDEO] that a painting, "Girl With Balloon" by the elusive artist, Banksy, had sold for £1m on auction by Sotheby's. The artist also posted the Picasso quote - "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge".

It then shows a hooded figure placing the shredder into a wooden frame, before showing images of the Sotheby's auction of Balloon Girl - and the spray painting's self-destruction.

The painting sold for £860,000 but with the buyer's premium on the painting, the price shot up to £1.04million.

Julien's Auctions have said that the piece is perfectly safe as are other Banksy pieces open to bidding.

The British street artist, famous for being faceless, is certainly well known for his stunts.

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While Banksy's stunt has been called a conceptual master stroke, pulling it off was no easy task.

"A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting", reads a caption, before a person wearing a hoodie installs the device.

The question remains though: Who is Banksy and why is his work such a big deal?

But, was the auction house in on the stunt? According to The Sun, "Banksy has never been unmasked and it is believed his refusal to reveal himself started as a way of avoiding prosecution for vandalism".

Initial concern for the unlucky new owner of the piece soon evaporated, as art experts tipped the half-destroyed work was probably now worth more.

A mystery man films the aftermath of a Banksy work shredding itself after being sold at auction.

The post, and reports of a man dressed in black sunglasses and a hat scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby's shortly after the incident, led to speculation the artist was present to trigger it. It is not clear who had bought the artwork, as his or her identity has not been disclosed by Sotheby's.

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