A world famous artist you’ve likely never heard of until today pulled an interesting stunt that is making strange world news. He apparently shredded his artwork by remote control with a shredder built into the picture frame shortly after it sold for $1.4 million at an auction.
Here’s a video of it happening.
Banksy, the world-famous artist whose identity is still a mystery, posted a photo of the shocking moment on Instagram, captioning the image, “Going, going, gone…”
He also posted a video confirming that he had secretly built a shredder into the painting, “in case it was ever put up for auction.” He captioned the post, “‘The urge to destroy is also a creative urge’ – Picasso.”
It is wasn’t clear how the shredder was triggered.
Branczik maintains that he was not “in on the ruse” and speculated Banksy may have attended the auction incognito and somehow triggered it himself, according to Vice.
Sotheby’s told the AP it’s now “in discussion about next steps” with the unidentified buyer.
While the moment would likely be a disappointment if the buyer was planning to display the painting, The Guardian noted that the historic stunt could potentially have increased the artwork’s value. As Sotheby’s noted, the incident “certainly marks the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself after coming under the hammer.”
This was the weirdest thing I saw today. What do you think about this? Should I make songs that disintegrate after being played a few times?