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Old 06 October 2018, 04:36 PM
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Default Banksy artwork shreds itself after £1m sale at Sotheby's

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45770028

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A stencil spray painting by elusive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold for more than £1m.

The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist's best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London.

The piece which shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon was the final work sold at the auction.

However, moments after the piece went under the hammer, the canvas passed through a shredder that was hidden inside the frame.
It seems that Sotheby's had no idea that was going to happen!
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Old 06 October 2018, 05:45 PM
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And some people think that this increases the piece's value?

I really don't understand art.
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Old 06 October 2018, 08:07 PM
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You would buy a work of art by Banksy because you like that piece and because it's by Banksy.

Most likely more because of the latter.

The reasons he creates his art and the way he creates his art *is* part and parcel of his art.

That makes this piece basically a brand new work- likely to be seen as more important or innovative, or at least more controversial and definitely more valuable.

And it was done in front of a crowd at a place like Sotheby's? Hell yeah that's going to drive up the value.
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Old 06 October 2018, 08:59 PM
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From the photographs in the article, the painting seems to have been only partially shredded, and the image is still clearly visible on the shredded portion. Arguably still in displayable condition.
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Old 06 October 2018, 09:00 PM
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Its also a beautiful statement of intent.
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Old 06 October 2018, 09:02 PM
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Also a beautiful example of how art is more about the namely the artist than anything. Unknowns don’t get to be so temperamental or "creative."
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Isn't that true of most professions? Once people make a name for themselves, people around them are more tolerant of their actions.
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Old 06 October 2018, 09:24 PM
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Thereby making "the arts" just another profession. Skill counts for something, but a brand name counts for more.
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Old 06 October 2018, 11:35 PM
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There's a video (tweeted by Banksy) in the article now, which wasn't there when I first posted it:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45770028
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Also a beautiful example of how art is more about the namely the artist than anything. Unknowns donít get to be so temperamental or "creative."
Bansky was literally an unknown. His creativity is what made his name. (He's still an unknown, but that's a different story)

Artists don't get looked at twice for being "creative" or pushing the boundaries with their work- even when they're known-unless they do something that catches the eye of enough people for them to make a living or to make the news.
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And some people think that this increases the piece's value?

I really don't understand art.
It brought a heck of a lot of media attention and notoriety to the piece and all that extra fame just adds $$$$$$ to its value.



I'm hoping that 'Banksy' is working the long con and will at some point announce that they're not an individual but a corporation/collective who outsourced all their designs, but in such a way that it renders all their 'published' works worthless. Now that would be a good art prank.
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And some people think that this increases the piece's value? I really don't understand art.
What do you mean by value? The market price or its cultural worth? Either way, are you saying you don't understand why a picture of a girl with a heart-shaped balloon would be worth less than the first artwork in history to physically destroy itself?
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Old 07 October 2018, 03:57 AM
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Exactly, Ganz. I don't see how rigging it to self-destruct makes it somehow more valuable. If it had been set up for self immolation rather than self shredding, would people be discussing about whether or not the ashes had gone up in value?
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But that's not what happened. I don't see what ashes have to do with it.

Anyway, maybe the real artwork begins with the lawsuit.
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Old 07 October 2018, 04:26 AM
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It's not like they were buying a Rembrandt. They were buying a Banksy. And this sort of stunt is exactly the sort of thing that someone buying a Banksy is likely to appreciate.

It was a fairly simple graphic design before, and wouldn't go for much if not for the name attached to it. Now it's worldwide news, will go down in art history as a one of a kind event (even if someone copies it, it will be the first, which is important in art). It was always the story behind it rather than the appearance that was responsible for the majority of its value, and now the story just got immensely more interesting.
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So would a lawsuit. I'm just saying.
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If it had been set up for self immolation rather than self shredding, would people be discussing about whether or not the ashes had gone up in value?
Valuable ashes? What a strange idea.
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I'm hoping that 'Banksy' is working the long con and will at some point announce that they're not an individual but a corporation/collective who outsourced all their designs, but in such a way that it renders all their 'published' works worthless. Now that would be a good art prank.
The name is not coming to me right now, but there is (or was) a popular artist whose works were (are?) actually produced by a stable of unknown workers following his broad directions on how to produce "his" geometric-image paintings. This was well known, and it didn't affect the value.
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Default Woman who bought shredded Banksy artwork will go through with purchase

https://www.theguardian.com/artandde...ough-with-sale

It's got a new title now - it's called "Love Is In The Bin" - and an official authentication certificate.

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Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art, Europe, said: “Banksy didn’t destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one.

“Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist’s newly titled Love Is In The Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction.”
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Old 11 October 2018, 08:58 PM
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And some people think that this increases the piece's value?

I really don't understand art.
Makes two of us. The original work was only a simple drawing, which most of us could do without too much trouble. How it was considered to be valuable is a mystery to me.
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