A painting by mysterious British artist Banksy shred itself into pieces at the moment it sold for more than 1 million pounds at a London auction on Friday.
On Friday however a print of Girl with Balloon met a fateful end when after the gavel went down announcing the piece had been sold for just over £1 million, it began to shred.
So when one of his famous paintings got resold into an auction for $1.4 million, he devised a devious frame that shredded the painting automatically after it got sold to the highest bidder.
Banksy - whose previous stunts include Dismaland, the "family theme park unsuitable for children" in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset - has refused to reveal his identity.
Nor is this the first prank that Banksy has played on the public.
A video on his official Instagram page shows the device being installed, and says: "A few years ago I secretly built a shredder into a painting..."
While Banksy's stunt has been called a conceptual master stroke, pulling it off was no easy task. In 2013, he established a booth in a NY market where he sold his original works for $60 (N21,810).
That's the elephant in the room, the idea that was the auction house in or it or not?
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The famed anonymous artist pulled off one his most subversive stunts yet when a copy of his "Girl with Balloon" auto-shredded after being purchased at auction.
Never had we seen such a scene during an auction.
The spray paint and acrylic work on canvas and mounted on board - which was created in 2006 after first appearing as a mural in East London - depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart-shaped balloon.
Banksy works, like Monkey Queen, continue to be widely appreciated - and sought after.
Julien's Auctions have said that the piece is perfectly safe as are other Banksy pieces open to bidding.
"What he did is really shocking, in a good way", Koukjian said.
But Scott Hove, a California artist who collaborated with Banksy on his "Dismayland" installation, said Banksy broke new ground in demolishing his own work at auction with no advance warning.