Stunt or statement? R20m Banksy artwork self destructs at auction

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When street artist Banksy destroyed one of his works of art last week seconds after it was sold at auction, he probably added to its value, with some experts suggesting it could now be worth double its original price.

Shopper the work of British street artist Banksy "Girl with balloon" has made a decision to pay for it and keep despite the fact that immediately after the hammer blow of the auctioneer the work has samoisklyuchilis by more than half in the shredder, hidden in the frame.

The urge "to destroy is also a creative urge", Banksy had stated on his Instagram account, where he posted a video about how he had prepared the shredder hidden in the frame.

The quote, which he mistakenly (maybe?) attributed to Picasso actually comes from 19th-century Russian theorist of anarchism, Mikhail Bakunin.

The 12-year-old painting had just been sold for 1,042,000 pounds ($1.37 million) - matching Banksy's all-time record.

At the weekend Banksy's piece - Girl With Balloon - was being auctioned off at Sotheby's in London. And as speculation grew that the shredded painting might increase in value, the owner of a Banksy artwork tried replicating the audacious prank to increase its value, only to fail miserably.

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"I wouldn't put it past Banksy to have staged the whole thing, and I wouldn't put it past him to have pulled this off without anyone being on it", Brooklyn-based street art curator RJ Rushmore told CNN.

In this undated photo provided by Sotheby's the spray-painted canvas "Girl with Balloon" by artist Banksy is pictured.

The clip shows him placing the blade and later cuts to footage shot inside the auction room of the moment the shredder does its job.

"A man dressed in black sporting sunglasses and a hat was seen scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby's shortly after the incident", Art Newspaper also reported.

"We've had a number of #Banksy print owners contact us today asking if they shred their artwork will it be worth more".