A Banksy painting “self-destructed” following its sale at Sotheby’s in London this week, after being sold for over £1m. Following the final hammer, an alarm sounded, and the painting began shredding itself as it slid through its frame. “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,” says Alex Branczik, senior director at Sotheby’s.
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