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    Banksy pops the wesael

    Bristol grafiti artists latest stunts foxes "art experts'

    Someone had just forked out a amillion then...


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    I thoroughly enjoyed seeing that last night. Excellent comment from @Banksy on Twitter as the hammer went down and the picture dropped into the hidden shredder: "Going, Going....Gone!"

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    Did the shredder jam? Or was it only supposed to do half of it?

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    Banksy must have been in at audience at the auction to trigger the shredder.

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    Doh!!

    An art collector who owned a Banksy worth 40,000 has shredded it in an attempt to imitate the artist’s latest stunt – but has now made the piece almost worthless. Art experts were contacted by one owner who wanted to sell their print of the Girl With a Balloon which hit international headlines after Banksy shredded it with a remote device just seconds after it sold for more than 1 million. The bungling seller had tried to imitate the destruction by slicing strips using a stanley knife, and wanted it to be sold for 80,000, double what he had paid for it.

    The print was one of just 600 mint condition prints in the world, but the experts refused to accept it, and have slammed the ‘crazy’ decision as ‘opportunistic vandalism’. To add insult to injury, it has now been valued to be worth less than 1.

    Banksy shocked the art world when his iconic piece self-destructed at Sothebys’s in London on Friday night. The framed, stencil spray painting shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon and had been the final piece sold, equalling Banksy’s previous auction record of 1.04 million. However, in a twist to be expected from street art’s most subversive character, the canvas suddenly passed through a shredder installed in the frame and the 2006 piece lay in tatters.

    He then revealed that he had placed the shredder in the frame years ago, in case it was ever sold at auction. Although its new owner, who has not been named, may have had a nasty shock, they are no doubt thrilled that the artwork has now doubled in value. Experts, My Art Broker, had to warn people not to shred their Banksy pieces after receiving queries whether it would increase the value and said it was a ‘crying shame’ one of the prints had been destroyed. They said: ‘We’ve had a number of Banksy print owners contact us today asking if they shred their artwork will it be worth more. Please, Please DON’T. The events of the last 24hrs are a very unique piece of art history.’

    Ian Syer, co-Founder of My Art Broker told MailOnline: ‘When Banksy does something crazy like shredding his own artwork, it will naturally have a dramatic affect on values. ‘What this person today seems to have done is needlessly ruin a print worth around 40,000 and reduce its value to almost nothing. ‘We strongly recommend nobody else takes valuable art and tries to cash in on what history will judge a simply brilliant stunt.’

    https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/08/40000-banksy-piece-now-worth-just-1-after-owner-shredded-it-to-increase-value-8018715/

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    I have a flat full of Banksy here's a large Steve jobs Banksy canvas in my hall , going cheap to the highest bidder


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    No thanks we're all Stubbsy, Tit Ian,Van Koff and Dannyletto fans here.

    It's only a matter of thyme before somewhere explodes the dead sheep in the formaldehyde tank

    Damien Burst anyone

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