>> A Banksy painting shred itself to pieces the moment it sold at auction for more than 1.3 million dollars. Girl With Balloon was sucked into a shredder hidden in its frame just as the hammer fell. Onlookers gasped and staff rushed Rushed to remove what was left. It's one of the maverick street artist's best known works and the price matched his all-time record.
Banksy posted a picture of the prank on Instagram with the words, going, going, gone. It appears we just got Banksy-ed, Sotheby's Auction House said. Banksy's real identity isn't known. His murals have popped up overnight in cities around the world. It's not clear how the value of the self-destructing artwork has changed.
And whether the buyer is left holding a shred of art world history or an investment in tatters.>> Let's give him a round of applause.