"Going, going, gone..." by Banksy

Clearly Banksy, leaving the audience wondering whether he was making a serious point about the impermanence of supposedly timeless art or just poking fun at them. Or both!

Banksy shreds his own Girl With Balloon print - after it sells for £1m

Girl With a Balloon © Banksy
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Carla DLM

What a genius! Being able to walk around and nobody identify who he is or who he can be. The enigmatic artist is thought to have grown up in Bristol, but his identity has remained a secret despite much speculation over the years. Yes this is Banksy!

The framed Girl With Balloon, one of the artist's best known works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London. The piece which shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon was the final work sold at the auction for £1.042m. Moments after the piece went under the hammer, the canvas passed through a shredder that was hidden inside the frame.

Posting a picture of the moment on Instagram, Banksy wrote: "Going, going, gone…"

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After the incident, Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art says "It appears we just got Banksy-ed,”

Sotheby's has not revealed who had bought the piece before it was shredded. Mr Alex Branczik told the Financial Times the auction house was trying to "figure out" what the stunt means.He said: "We have not experienced this situation in the past ...where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a [near-]record for the artist."We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context."

"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge"- Picasso