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Banksy explains in a new video: That’s how I destroyed a work worth $1.4 million

In a video posted by Banksy he displays the shredder he planted in the painting and explained: “A few years ago I secretly built a crusher in a painting, and I did it in case it was put up for auction.”

The mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy, published a video in his Instagram account showing the shredder he secretly placed in the “Girl with a Balloon” that was destroyed on the weekend – moments after it was auctioned for a fortune ($1.4 million).

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Immediately after that, we see in the video the process of pricing the painting – and then the painting that was slowly being dragged down, in front of the auctioneer’s astonished eyes at the Sotheby’s in London auction and the crowd gathered there.

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Banksy signed the post with a quote from Picasso, which he added as a caption under the video: “The urge to destroy is also a creative impulse.”


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