Stunt or statement? R20m Banksy artwork self destructs at auction

Going...going....gone!

Anonymous British artist Banksy has revealed how he built a shredder into one of his best-known works.

The Girl With Balloon sold for over R20 million at an auction in London but then self-destructed the minute the hammer went down.

Banksy later posted a video on Instagram explaining that a few years ago he installed a shredder into the frame of the painting.

But, was the auction house in on the stunt?

Azania Mosaka spoke to senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co, Dr Alastair Meredith about the 'incident'.

That's the elephant in the room, the idea that was the auction house in or it or not? The reality is that the work would have to have been examined outside of the frame in order the check the authenticity and the condition.

Dr Alastair Meredith, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co

And what of the value of the piece now it's been 'destroyed'?

I expect it would be [worth] much more now than it was on Friday.

Dr Alastair Meredith, Senior Art Specialist at Strauss & Co

Listen to the full interview below...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'The warmer it is, the more gender-based violence is likely to occur'

'The warmer it is, the more gender-based violence is likely to occur'

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Prof Matthew Chersich explains the relationship between heat and violence.

[LISTEN]  Car care in the rainy season

[LISTEN] Car care in the rainy season

If your car is exposed to rain water, what is the kind of damage you are likely to experience and how can you prevent it?

How the last 20 minutes before bedtime can help you raise resilient children

How the last 20 minutes before bedtime can help you raise resilient children

Azania speaks to children's book author Andrew Newman on the impact of reading and reinforcing positive feelings for children.

[LISTEN] Why do you accidentally bite your tongue?

[LISTEN] Why do you accidentally bite your tongue?

Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains.

[WATCH] Throwback to the time Ndlovu Youth Choir performed on #702Unplugged

[WATCH] Throwback to the time Ndlovu Youth Choir performed on #702Unplugged

Azania Mosaka featured the youth choir before scouts called them for America's Got Talent auditions.

[WATCH] Azania Mosaka in conversation with Australian chef Shannon Bennett

[WATCH] Azania Mosaka in conversation with Australian chef Shannon Bennett

Shannon Bennett is one of Australia's most loved and most famous chefs who will be part of this years Appetite Fest line up.

Popular articles
Motorist who drove off with traffic officer faces criminal charges

Motorist who drove off with traffic officer faces criminal charges

A video of the incident that happened on Friday last week has gone viral.

EFF: Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm are working with Gordhan and Hanekom

EFF: Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm are working with Gordhan and Hanekom

Economic Freedom Fighters Mbuyiseni Ndlozi explains why it banned the Daily Maverick and amaBhungane from attending its events.

Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops 'ham' from the word 'hamburger')

Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops 'ham' from the word 'hamburger')

"They seem to have succumbed to consumer pressure," says branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

'I am proud of Ndlovu Youth Choir's performance on AGT,' says conductor

'I am proud of Ndlovu Youth Choir's performance on AGT,' says conductor

Ralf Schmitt weighs in on the incredible achievement of performing in the finals of America's Got Talent.

[WATCH] Reporter saying dead man 'was unavailable for comment,' goes viral

[WATCH] Reporter saying dead man 'was unavailable for comment,' goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir's wows at AGT finale, voting is underway

[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir's wows at AGT finale, voting is underway

South Africa waits with bated breath as the countdown to the winner of America's Got Talent begins.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.