Please don’t shred your own Banksy print unless you want it to be worth £1


Previous week, a framed duplicate of Banksy’s famed “Girl with Balloon” perform self-shredded just times just after remaining auctioned for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s. The shredding (which some speculate Sotheby’s was in on) remodeled the print into efficiency artwork, which then made it the most costly piece of effectiveness art at any time sold at auction. But there is extra. For the reason that the shredding was an intentional selection by the artist, it might be value double what it bought for. It’s no lengthier one particular of lots of “Girl with Balloon” prints, but a 1-of-a-sort Banksy performance piece.

This is all to say… really do not shred your very own Banksy prints and be expecting to get the identical effects.

Sad to say, this is a warning that has presently been supplied but apparently disregarded. On October 6th, on-line art auction platform MyArtBroker tweeted it had “a range of #Banksy print proprietors make contact with us nowadays asking if they shred their artwork will it be worthy of additional.” Two times afterwards MyArtBroker claimed anyone did just that — shredded a confined edition “Girl with Balloon” print in get to try and elevate the benefit of the get the job done.

Picture: MyArtBroker

MyArtBroker claims the piece is 1 of a numbered edition of 600 unsigned “Girl with Balloon” prints. The business does not outright affirm the work’s authenticity, but does black out the base proper corner of the picture (exactly where the version range would be). The seller asked MyArtBroker to listing it for a least of £80,000, or about double what it would fetch on the industry. Not only was it rejected, the broker claimed the shredding decreased the print’s value from £40,000 to £1.

“We have refused to checklist this item for a number of causes,” mentioned MyArtBroker. “One of them remaining we just simply cannot think the stupidity included and the opportunistic vandalism.”

Here’s the big difference — if Banksy decides to shred his piece in a really certain placing at a quite precise time in purchase to incorporate additional context, then that act becomes a section of the get the job done. If you make your mind up to shred your personal Banksy piece mainly because you want to imitate Banksy and probably make extra cash, you are an fool who wrecked a well known artist’s function.

“Banksy is exclusive to the artwork entire world. No other artist captures the hearts and minds of the general public like he does,” Ian Syer, co-founder of MyArtBroker, extra. “However, when Banksy does some thing crazy like shredding his very own artwork, it will in a natural way have a spectacular have an impact on on values. What this person these days looks to have accomplished is needlessly destroy a print value all around £40k and lessen its worth to virtually almost nothing. We strongly recommend no person else can take beneficial art and tries to dollars in on what background will decide a merely good stunt. There are restricted numbers of ‘Girl with Balloon’ prints in the entire world, right now, we lost a person and it’s a crying disgrace.”

If you are lucky more than enough to get an authentic Banksy here’s a speedy examination to see if you need to alter it: are you Banksy? If the answer is no, then never. That explained, I will invest in this dummy’s shredded Banksy for £2, which is 2 times its existing current market valuation.


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