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Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs After selling for $A1.7 million at Auction

Banksy has stitched-up a roomful of art enthusiasts in what is possibly the greatest prank of all time.

The mysterious artist’s 2006 work, Girl With Balloon, was the final item up for auction at Sotheby’s in London on October 5th. But unknown to everyone in the room, Banksy had rigged the artwork to shred in the event that it ever went up for auction.

Moments after the piece sold for $A1.7 Million, it beeped then proceeded to feed through a shredder at the bottom of the frame.

Banksy shared this video of the event, quoting Picasso:

It’s unclear what will happen with the artwork from here, but experts suggest it may now be worth more than ever.