Shredding at Sotheby’s. 5 October 2018

From Sotheby’s web:

“In a moment that caught the art world by surprise, Banksy’s Girl with Balloon self-destructed just as the final hammer signaled the end of an evening of auctions in London. The work sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), tying the artist’s record in pounds at auction previously achieved in 2008.

The framed work, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart shaped balloon – one of Banksy’s most iconic images – began to pass through a shredder hidden in the frame.” 

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Photo: Banksy’s Instagram

Installation at Disneyland. September 2006.

Banksy entered Disneyland with an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo detainee. He inflates the doll and places it within the Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride. The piece remains in its place for 90 minutes before the figure is removed by security guards. The sequence was filmed and included in the film “Exit through the gift shop” a few years later.

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Pranks at four New York Museums. March 2005.

On a Sunday, March 13, Banksy enters and hangs his work in four world famous New York museums: MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum and American Museum of Natural History.

Photos: Wall and piece, Banksy

Prank at the Natural History Museum. London, April 2004.

On April 7, Banksy enters Natural History Museum disguised as an employee. He carries a taxidermied rat in a glass-fronted box. The rat wears sunglasses and a complete graffiti kit. Apparently, he has sprayed “Our time will come” on the wall behind him. The installation comes with a printed explanation titled “Pest Control”. A few years later, Banky will set up his own certification office naming it “Pest Control Office”.

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