Hell Yeah: Banksy Painting Immediately Self-Destructs After Selling For Over $1 Million

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Banksy painting self-destructs after $1.4 million sale

That was the question on everyone's lips when one of the Bristolian street artist's paintings mysteriously self-destructed as the auction drew to a close.

In a screengrab of a conversation with the artist, he said: "I don't charge people to see my art unless there's a fairground wheel", in reference to his dystopic amusement park Dismaland, which he opened to the public for a fee in Weston-super-mare in 2015.

The framed piece shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon and was the final work sold at the auction.

Bidders looked shocked as the piece was torn to shred by a shredder built into the gold frame.

"We've just been Banksy'd", said Alex Branczik, senior director at Sotheby's, according to The Art Newspaper.

An employee carries Banksy's "Girl and Balloon" at Bonhams auction house in London prior to an earlier sale in 2012.

"We have not experienced this situation in the past.where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a [near-] record for the artist".

Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: 'Going, going, gone'. "We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context", he added.

Sotheby's said this was "certainly" the first time a work of art started to shred itself after coming under the hammer.

The move is the latest in a long history of anti-establishment statements by the street artist, who claims he does not make any money from his artworks.

Girl With Balloon originally appeared on a wall in Great Eastern Street, London.

Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists.

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