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Banksy's art auction prank

Girl with red balloon. Banksy.

Street Artist Banksy has pulled one of the greatest art pranks ever.

Banksy's iconic 'Girl With Balloon' art piece was up for sale at a Sotheby's auction in London over the weekend, and sold for $AUD1.7million.

Little did the auctioneers and buyers know, Banksy had installed a shredder in the frame of the painting a few years ago, and as soon as the art was purchased, Banksy shredded it... In front of everyone.

Banksy posted a video on Instagram of the hoax, with the caption: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”.

 

Apparently it could be worth even more now!