Banksy’s painting self-destructs after selling for $1.1 million in auction

One of Banksy's most famous pieces, Girl with Balloon, was auctioned off at London auction house Sotheby's last night for a cool £1.042 million.

FILE PHOTO: An employee walks with Banksy's "Girl and Balloon" 2009, at Bonhams auction house in London March 23, 2012.

Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, emerging out the bottom in strips.

While the moment would likely be a disappointment if the buyer was planning to display the painting, The Guardian noted that the historic stunt could potentially have increased the artwork's value.

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"We are busy figuring out what happened", Branczik said.

Sotheby's, which could not be immediately reached for further comment on Saturday, did not disclose if it had prior knowledge of the stunt.

He claimed he had no idea the artwork was going to be destroyed.

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"Girls and women figure into Banksy's stencilled figures, for starters, something that isn't true of 99 per cent of street art", he says.

Sotheby's said this was "certainly" the first time a work of art started to shred itself after coming under the hammer.

"We have not experienced this situation in the past.where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist".

Geneva-based artist Pierre Koukjian, who was at the auction, said the buyer was "very lucky" to own a now-historic piece.

According to The Guardian, Sotheby's released a statement saying "We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps".

You may find Banksy's antics less exciting now that he's probably destined to the fate of an elderly provocateur, and on your on end, you'd like to see yourself out of the room.

The enigmatic artist, whose identity is still unknown despite speculation, has been known to play elaborate jokes on members of the public.

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