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Old 10-07-2018, 01:10 PM   #1
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I was highly amused by the mysterious Banksy's trick. He hates having his artwork sold and this painting had a poison pill.


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After the gavel fell Friday at Sotheby's auction house in London, Banksy's Girl with Balloon was reduced to shreds -- another apparent act in the disruptive career of the anonymous British graffiti artist. The iconic image of a girl reaching out for a red, heart-shaped balloon, sold for $1.4 million. Moments later, a shredder hidden inside the "artist's frame" started its work and the art "self-destructed," according to a news release from Sotheby's

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Old 10-07-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
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Given the publicity, people will be willing to pay far more for it shredded.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:24 PM   #3
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The new owner could always glue the strips back together.
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Don’t you think this was a stunt that everyone involved was in on? I love that the shredding mechanism was made with Exacto knife blades—brilliant.
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Old 10-07-2018, 01:37 PM   #5
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It's only partially shredded.


I'm left wondering if the partial shredding was intentional or a malfunction.


Apparently there was an agent at the auction that had a remote control. That control seems certain to have a "start" button, so likely also could easily have a "stop" button.


It would have had a larger effect to have the strips flutter to the floor, which makes me think it was a malfunction. OTOH, artists have big egos, so complete destruction might have been too much to bear. More will likely be revealed.
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The artist also posted the Picasso quote - "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge."

I found another -
Every act of creation is first an act of destruction. Pablo Picasso
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It makes Sotheby's look pretty bad, unless they were in on it.

Some days I wish I had the kind of imagination some of these artists have. This was pretty well done.
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He hates having his artwork sold
If he hates having his artwork sold, how did this piece get sold?
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Old 10-07-2018, 02:59 PM   #9
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I took it to be some sort of magic trick where the real art wasn't destroyed. That frame was way too thick not to make anyone suspicious. I'm sure Sotheby had Xray'd it.
I remember an old trick where you'd put a dollar into a small wringer and a tenner came out the other end.
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If he hates having his artwork sold, how did this piece get sold?
A lot of his art appears in public places, but usually disappears quickly.
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Who eats the $1.4m loss? Is the new owner stuck with it?
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Who eats the $1.4m loss? Is the new owner stuck with it?
It was still in the care of Sotheby's. So... time to read the fine print.
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Who eats the $1.4m loss? Is the new owner stuck with it?
I certainly hope not. Would kind of give a new meaning to buyer's remorse.
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Seems like the incident happened between the auction and when the buyer would have to pay for it. So Sotheby's would not be able to deliver the exact item bought, and either the sale would be nullified, or the buyer would accept the damaged item. At least that's how I see it.
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A lot of his art appears in public places, but usually disappears quickly.
So how did this piece get sold?
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He does have an agent that sells his work. This piece is worth more money now according to news stories that I've read due to the "prank".
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Couple of things:


1. Sothby's had to have known about it. They have experts on staff that would have realized the frame was rigged due to just the weight and size of it for that artwork and disassembled and then reassembled it. The New York Times stated it was the last piece in the auction, and was strangely hung on a wall instead of displayed on the usual podium/pedestal an artwork of that size would have been accustomed to be placed upon.



2. The performance art part will only serve to increase the value of the artwork. The buyer likely will be thrilled to own a first-ever Banksy performance/art witnessed publicly at auction, and the fact that the piece was only partially destroyed makes it even more intriguing. It can still be displayed and admired and likely increase in value. Remember, there are artworks in museums made from trash and Dadaist works like toilets and telephones that are worth millions... a partially destroyed painting by a infamous artist that self destructed? That's thrills and chills to the art world.
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I gotta say, the story is very interesting. I never have seen anything like that, and with video to boot.

And this Banksy character. What's the motivation? https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/330941...-with-balloon/
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1. Sothby's had to have known about it. They have experts on staff that would have realized the frame was rigged due to just the weight and size of it for that artwork and disassembled and then reassembled it. The New York Times stated it was the last piece in the auction, and was strangely hung on a wall instead of displayed on the usual podium/pedestal an artwork of that size would have been accustomed to be placed upon.
+1 Agreed. (see my post #9 that Sotheby's had to have Xray'd it)
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He does have an agent that sells his work. This piece is worth more money now according to news stories that I've read due to the "prank".
Right.

"Hates having his art sold" Ha!
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