Unless you’ve had your head under a moderately sized rock for the last week, you’ve probably heard about one of the greatest stunts that acclaimed street artist Banksy has ever pulled.
After his famous Girl With Balloon painting sold for around $1 million, a shredder was triggered remotely and to snooty art buff’s dismay everywhere, the painting was half shredded.
There’s a theory that the painting wasn’t fully shredded so that people couldn’t collect a strip and try and flog it for a bloody uge fee, however that hasn’t stopped owners of the original print version from trying to follow the stunt and double their money.
According to MyArtBroker, it’s a trend that won’t pay off as Banksy’s stunt was a once in a lifetime piece of art history.
We've had a number of #Banksy print owners contact us today asking if they shred their artwork will it be worth more. Please, Please DON'T. The events of the last 24hrs are a very unique piece of art history. #GirlWithBalloon
— MyArtBroker (@myartbroker) October 6, 2018
“We have refused to list this item for a number of reasons,” My Art Broker stated. “One of them being we just can’t believe the stupidity involved and the opportunistic vandalism.”
“This person today seems to have done is needlessly ruin a print worth around £40k and reduce its value to almost nothing.
“We strongly recommend nobody else takes valuable art and tries to cash in on what history will judge a simply brilliant stunt.”
Apparently, the value of the painting before it was shredded was an astronomical $70K, since the shredding it has gone down to $1.80.
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