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

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Here’s a fun one as reported by Scott Reyburn that I had been meaning to link to since last October. A Banksy painting fetched $1.4 million in a Sotheby’s auction — and then self-destructed:

“Then we heard an alarm go off,” Morgan Long, the head of art investment at the London-based advisory firm Fine Art Group, who was sitting in the front row of the room, said in an interview on Saturday. “Everyone turned round, and the picture had slipped through its frame.”
The painting, mounted on a wall close to a row of Sotheby’s staff members, had been shredded, or at least partially shredded, by a remote-control mechanism on the back of the frame.

Amazing.

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