It turns out that Sotheby's really was Banksy & d; twice. Last week, the anonymous street artist made headlines after his piece, Little girl with balloon it destroyed through crusher shortly after selling for $ 1.4 million. But that was just the first instance of Banksy & # 39; ing. The second, revealed by Sotheby & s and Banksy on Thursday, was that a new job had been created simply "seconds" after it passed through the shredder.
The new job is now called Love is in the cube. According to a Sotheby & # 39; s ad published on Thursday, has a certificate of the "body of authentication" of the artist, Pest Control.
The buyer, whom Sotheby & # 39; s described as "a European collector and a long-time client of Sotheby & # 39; s", also had a happy ending: now she is the proud owner of Love is in the cube.
"When the hammer fell last week and the work was shattered, at first I was surprised, but little by little I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history," he said, according to Sotheby & # 39; s.
Despite rumors to the contrary, Banksy's former gallery owner, Steve Lazarides, says that this was all Banksy, and not a collaboration with Sotheby & # 39; s. "I worked for him for 12 years; "The idea that he flirts with an institution to achieve a trick is the complete antithesis of his philosophy," he said, according to Sotheby & # 39; s.
Meanwhile, Sotheby & # 39; s "observed" that Banksy's act is part of a rich tradition of artists who destroy their work.
"Rauschenberg erased Kooning's drawing; Gustav Metzger and Jean Tinguely were pioneers in self-destructive art; Michael Landy destroyed all his possessions; And Banksy himself and his corrupt oils? "said Alex Branczik of Sotheby & # 39; s.
Banksy's only comment was a videoOn Instagram, it shows that the shredder was built secretly four years ago, as well as the actual moment of shredding. In it, the cries and applause of the crowd become gasps and cries of amazement as they look with dismay. Banksy subtitled it with a quote from Picasso that said: "The urge to destroy is also a creative impulse."
On Friday, Rolling Stone announced that four more pieces of Banksy would go to auction in November.