“There was a lot of buzz around the last lot of the auction – Banksy’s Girl With Balloon. Done with spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board, signed and dedicated on the reverse, and framed in thick ornament artist’s frame the piece was said to be the best version of one of the most iconic images by the artist, so the world was watching how far the auction would go. And it went far. Selling for 1,042,000 GBP (1,357,726 USD including premiums), it was a grandiose ending to a successful week when the most bizarre thing happened.
According to the people in the room, just as the hammer fell down confirming the sale, the painting started shredding itself through the thick frame. The alarms went off, the staff took away the painting, and we’re yet to learn what actually happened there tonight.”
—”Banksy Canvas Shredded @ Sotheby’s Auction in London,” Juxtapoz Magazine. October 5, 2018.
Ironically, the shredding makes this art piece more valuable to collectors, not less.