Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.
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New York Times

How Banksy's Prank Might Boost His Prices: 'It's a Part of Art History'

The ever-elusive, ever-inventive Banksy has once again made a fool of the art world, and captivated millions. But has the joke itself slightly self-destructed? Banksy's remotely shredded “Girl With Balloon” was meant to poke fun at the excesses of the ...

- New York Times

The Verge

One of Banksy's paintings self-destructed just after it was auctioned

On Friday, auction house Sotheby's sold a painting by British graffiti artist Banksy for $1.4 million. The piece was a copy of one of the artist's most famous works, an image of a girl releasing a red balloon, and moments after it was sold, the ...

- The Verge

NPR

'We Just Got Banksy-ed': 'Girl With Balloon' Sells For $1.4M Before Self ...

"Girl With Balloon," one of the most recognized works of the England-based street artist known as Banksy, fetched a hefty $1.37 million (£1.04 million) at a Sotheby's auction in London on Friday. But perhaps the real art installation didn't arrive ...

- NPR

The Boston Globe

Banksy artwork self-destructs moment after $1.4 million sale

LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). The spray-painted canvas ...

- The Boston Globe

Washington Post

A Banksy painting sold at auction for $1.4 million — then automatically ...

Anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy has pulled off another stunt that seized the attention of the art world — this time at the expense of his own work. On Friday, a Banksy painting titled “Girl with Red Balloon” was being auctioned at Sotheby's ...

- Washington Post

CBS News

Banksy artwork self-destructs through shredder moment after $1.4 million sale

LONDON -- Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday -- moments after it was sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). The spray-painted canvas ...

- CBS News

New York Times

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby's

LONDON — The British street artist Banksy pulled off one of his most spectacular pranks on Friday night, when one of his trademark paintings appeared to self-destruct at Sotheby's in London after selling for $1.4 million at auction. The work, “Girl ...

- New York Times

USA TODAY

Banksy artwork self-destructs right after $1.4 million sale

LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist apparently self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). The spray-painted canvas ...

- USA TODAY

CNN

Banksy painting 'self-destructs' moments after being sold for $1.4 million at ...

For an artist that's known for his stunts, this could be Banksy's most perfect art world prank. 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 ...

- CNN

BBC News

Banksy artwork shreds itself after £1m sale at Sotheby's

A stencil spray painting by elusive artist Banksy shredded itself after it was sold for more than £1m. Girl With Balloon, one of Banksy's most widely recognised works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London. The framed piece shows a girl reaching towards ...

- BBC News

The Guardian

Banksy auction prank leaves art world in shreds

Banksy has played what could be one of the most audacious pranks in art history, with one of his best-known works self-destructing after being sold at auction for just over £1m. Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby's in London ...

- The Guardian