Culture&Arts

Buyer of Banksy work that self-destructed to keep it

Buyer of Banksy work that self-destructed to keep it

The anonymous graffiti artist's painting Girl With A Balloon self-destructed after being sold for more than £1 million at Sotheby's, dropping through a shredder in its frame.

Then, as an alarm sounded, it ran through a shredder embedded in the frame, leaving half the canvas hanging from the bottom in strips.

Footage shown in Banksy's Instagram video appears to match the same angle caught on a mystery man's smartphone in another video at the Sotheby's auction.

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge", wrote Banksy, citing a leading anarchist theorist of the nineteenth century, Mikhail Bakunin, but attributing the quote to the famous painter Pablo Picasso.

Minnesota Children Diagnosed With ‘Polio-like’ Paralyzing Illness
The initial symptoms of AFM in children include facial drooping, limb weakness and trouble in talking and swallowing. MDH disease investigators are working aggressively with health care providers to gather information about the cases.

When Forbes magazine estimated Banksy's personal wealth at around £14 million ($A26 million), he responded with regret, saying he wished his works were worthless. But when the Dismaland website crashed in response to high ticket demand, the disappointment lived up to the "bemusement" park's name when people were convinced it was all part of his art.

Maybe It's both a subversive artist statement and a publicity stunt-and basically everyone, from the artist to the buyer to those who witnessed the shredding in real time to us watching it now, wins.

The winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has made a decision to go through with the purchase, auctioneer Sotheby's said Thursday.

While Banksy's stunt has been called a conceptual master stroke, pulling it off was no easy task.

Nicondra: Tropical Storm In the Gulf of Mexico Likely
The north Florida city of Tallahassee on Sunday opened two locations where residents could get sandbags in case of flooding. Currently, Leslie is located about 680 miles northeast of Bermuda, with 60 mph sustained winds, and moving east at 12 mph.

"There are limited numbers of Girl With Balloon prints in the world, today, we lost one and it's a crying shame".

The painting, which was sold to an undisclosed buyer, passed through a concealed shredder within the picture frame as soon as the sale was finalized at an auction at Sotheby's in London.

While Banksy's stunt involved destroying the classic artwork using a remote device, this person reportedly took a stanley knife to the expensive piece - which is apparently one of just 600 mint condition prints in the world. Nor is this the first prank that Banksy has played on the public.

Eagles Make Trade Call To Bills On LeSean McCoy
Thirty-five year old Darren Sproles figured prominently in the opener, but hasn't played since due to a hamstring injury. This year he's been banged up on a bad Bills team, rushing for just 170 yards in four games.


  • Kanye West Says Apple Should Build 'iPlane 1' for the President

    Kanye West Says Apple Should Build 'iPlane 1' for the President

    Returning to law enforcement issues and prison sentences, he called Hoover "a living statue" for black people. "Not legal guns. West also said the President is on a "hero's journey". "Oh, it is good energy", he replied.
    Antonio Brown said someone stole $80K, gun before apartment meltdown

    Antonio Brown said someone stole $80K, gun before apartment meltdown

    The wide receiver is also the subject of a second lawsuit from his landlord over damage sustained to the apartment unit. But, when cops showed up to his apartment, Brown said, "I found the car" and closed the door in their faces.
    Early Intervention in mental health conditions is crucial

    Early Intervention in mental health conditions is crucial

    Tragic, because the rising rates of suicide in countries around the world underscore the pervasiveness of mental illnesses. To begin with Gibraltar needs to introduce a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, GMWS said.
  • PlayStation Online ID name change feature coming soon

    PlayStation Online ID name change feature coming soon

    As per the EU PlayStation Blog , a "full preview program" is kicking off soon for the PS4 that will allow a PSN ID change. KitGuru Says: I've been wanting to change my name for quite some time after my online moniker was inexplicably denied.
    The Best Man at Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's wedding is revealed

    The Best Man at Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's wedding is revealed

    Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, it was the first time a royal baby had ever had a public christening. Mia Tindall, Zara and Mike Tindall's eldest daughter, will take up the same position.
    UFC 229: Ferguson outworks Pettis in absolute war

    UFC 229: Ferguson outworks Pettis in absolute war

    Wow, what a kick by Pettis! The Fight Is Over, Coach Won't Let Him Continue! Ferguson is in tears in the center of the cage. Ferguson is pressuring his foe, walking him down, getting in his face, and throwing kicks and punches from every angle.
  • Huawei is releasing its new smartphone on October 16

    Huawei is releasing its new smartphone on October 16

    You might have already known this, but what recently caught my attention was the local availability of Huawei Honor phones. While the standard Mate 20 is depicted with a rear fingerprint sensor, the Mate 20 Pro will feature an in-display reader.
    Fast, furious: How Michael grew into a 155 mph monster

    Fast, furious: How Michael grew into a 155 mph monster

    Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. Michael was forecast to have the power to uproot trees, block roads and knock out power for days when it hits Florida.
    Microsoft's Project xCloud Lets You Play Xbox Games Anywhere

    Microsoft's Project xCloud Lets You Play Xbox Games Anywhere

    With the new technology, Microsoft aims to provide console and PC gamers more flexibility as to where they can play their games. Project xCloud uses Microsoft's Azure infrastructure as the backbone to compute graphics and stream the games to user devices.
  • Tech stocks lead Wall Street slump as investors shun risk

    Tech stocks lead Wall Street slump as investors shun risk

    Stocks are in the midst of a scary October slump, sliding sharply because investors are anxious about rising interest rates. After months of declines, the price of gold jumped by the most in two years, rising 2.9 percent to $1,227.60 an ounce.
    Nick Saban blasts Alabama defense after Arkansas rout

    Nick Saban blasts Alabama defense after Arkansas rout

    However, the ball was fumbled but still recovered by sophomore wide receiver Henry Ruggs III for a 12-yard touchdown return. Alabama starting cornerback Trevon Diggs has a broken foot and is out indefinitely, coach Nick Saban announced on Monday.
    China US talks on North Korea get off to frosty start

    China US talks on North Korea get off to frosty start

    Some critics say Pompeo's four visits to Pyongyang this year have yielded little more than repackaged pledges from the past. She added Trump "looks forward to continuing to build upon the trust established with Chairman Kim in Singapore".