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Banksy Painting Self Destructs After Being Sold For $1.4 Million

October 7, 2018
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This past Friday, the auction house Sotheby's sold a painting by renowned artist Banksy for $1.4 million.

But it wouldn't be a Banksy spectacle if there wasn't a little chaos.  So Banksy introduced a little chaos.

As soon as the painting sold, it self destructed.  Banksy hid a paper shredder along the bottom of the picture frame.  It automatically activated, and the people in the auction house could only watch as $1.4 million was shredded into little tiny bits.

. "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge" - Picasso

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The painting sold was a recreation of Banksy's iconic image of a girl releasing a red balloon, appearing first spray painted on a building in East London in 2002.  Banksy captioned the post of the painting shredding itself with a quote from Picasso, "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge."

Via The Verge