The most resounding blow of recent art history has seen a new twist. The buyer who offered last week 1.04 million pounds (1.18 million euros) for a work by the enigmatic artist Banksy self-destructed within seconds of the sound of the deck has confirmed today that he wants the piece as it is and that will pay the amount with which he won the bid at the London house Sotheby's. The work may be defective, but its market value has doubled in this week, according to several experts.
The canvas Girl With Balloon (Girl with balloon) was smashed to pieces by passing through a paper shredder hidden in the bottom of the frame, but the remains of that destruction are now considered a work of art in themselves and have received a new title from Banksy: Love is in the Bin (Love is in the bin). The buyer of the work is a "European collector" with a long relationship with the auction house, Sotheby's said in a statement, but did not specify its identity.
The auction house also reports that Banksy's renamed work will be shown to the public next weekend at its headquarters on New Bond Street in London. The "unexpected performance'"Banksy" became instantly the history of world art ", underlines Sotheby's, who considers it" the first time that a new artistic work is created during an auction ".
"When the hammer gave the last blow, last week, and the work was destroyed, at first I was shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up having my own piece of art history," the buyer has pointed out. from Sotheby's.