Culture&Arts

Banksy prank 'a coup on the art world'

Banksy prank 'a coup on the art world'

Shopper the work of British street artist Banksy "Girl with balloon" has made a decision to pay for it and keep despite the fact that immediately after the hammer blow of the auctioneer the work has samoisklyuchilis by more than half in the shredder, hidden in the frame.

The auction house said the painting had now been retitled "Love is in the Bin" and authenticated by Banksy's Pest Control agency.

Sotheby's confirmed that the buyer, a long-standing female client of the prestigious auction house, has agreed to buy the work for the price agreed at auction.

A spokesman for art dealing firm My Art Broker told the paper: "We've had a number of Banksy print owners contact us today asking if they shred their artwork will it be worth more".

He said the initial feeling in the busy auction hall was "consternation" but then everyone realised it was a prank by the artist.

More news: Former Communications Director Hope Hicks Joins Fox in Corporate Role

"We are definitely not the first and won't be the last art establishment to be the platform for Banksy to make his art".

The buyer's identity was not revealed but Sotheby's quoted her as saying: "When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history". Last year, his mural of a little girl letting go of a heart-shaped balloon on the wall of a London shop, and at other locations beat works by the likes of Antony Gormley, J.M.W. Turner and John Constable to be voted the nation's favourite artwork.

The gallery version featured spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on a board.

The auction victor made a telephone call at about 21h and offered a significantly more than what was the estimated value of about 200-300,000 pounds. "Nobody thought it was weird for the frame to have a power source (for the shredder) or the fact that there were blades in the frame?" one post reads claiming it was all a "pre-planned stunt".

In 2015, over 1,50,000 people paid to attend his dystopian "bemusement" park Dismaland - whose exhibits included a derelict dingy fairy castle, a disfigured "Ariel" mermaid and a "woman attacked by seagulls" in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.