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A stencil spray painting by elusive street artist Banksy self-destructed on Friday, moments after being sold for $1.4 million, baffling onlookers.
The artwork titled “Girl With Balloon,” one of Banksy’s best-known works, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling a record price for the artist. Sotheby’s said the painting, which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon, was signed.
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As soon as the alarm sounded, the painting ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, emerging from the bottom in strips. Pictures captured the shocked looks on onlookers face as the expensive art was cut into ribbons.
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