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Post by veya_victaous on Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:30 am

IT’S quite possibly the biggest prank in art history.
Mysterious street artist Banksy rigged one of his best-known works to self-destruct minutes after being sold at auction for $A1.7 million.
The 2006 work Girl With Balloon was the final item in an auction at Sotheby’s in London on October 5.
Shortly after the bid was called, an alarm sounded inside the frame and the painting started to shred to pieces in front of shocked onlookers.
In an intriguing Instagram post, Banksy has revealed how he carried off the biggest art hoax ever.
The British artist — whose identity has long been the topic of debate — quoted Picasso in his post: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”.
In the accompanying video, he showed a shredder being fitted to the frame of the painting in a workshop.
The footage opened with the caption: “A few years ago, I secretly built a shredder into a painting.”



The clip shows a hooded figure putting the finishing touches on the device, before text appears on the screen saying: “In case it was ever put up for auction.”

more at https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/design/how-banksy-pulled-off-the-biggest-prank-ever/news-story/80fbf2a0a3548a867fa3342992172642

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Post by nicko on Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:03 am

Who "pressed the button" to start if off ?
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Post by Syl on Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:49 am

I dont get this...so if the painting was sold before it was shredded, has someone lost all that money?

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:55 pm

Syl wrote:I dont get this...so if the  painting was sold before it was shredded, has someone lost all that money?

No, because of the prank, and subsequent publicity, the art work has gained several million dollars (or pounds) in worth. Ironic, eh?

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Post by Syl on Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:07 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Syl wrote:I dont get this...so if the  painting was sold before it was shredded, has someone lost all that money?

No, because of the prank, and subsequent publicity, the art work has gained several million dollars (or pounds) in worth.  Ironic, eh?

Yet this is the elusive artist who shuns publicity, so I still dont get it. Laughing

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:17 pm

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No, because of the prank, and subsequent publicity, the art work has gained several million dollars (or pounds) in worth.  Ironic, eh?

Yet this is the elusive artist who shuns publicity, so I still dont get it. Laughing

I think that answers nicko's question. Nobody really knows Banksy...he probably pushed the button himself, from behind the chair, over yonder. Nobody knows what he looks like.

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Post by Syl on Mon Oct 08, 2018 5:39 pm

Banksy could be a woman then, or a monkey...didnt the etchings of a monkey earn great praise from some toffee nosed art critic once believing the work to be the paintings from a famous artist?

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Syl wrote:Banksy could be a woman then, or a monkey...didnt the etchings of a monkey earn great praise from some toffee nosed art critic once believing the work to be the paintings from a famous artist?

Could well be. Laughing

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Post by magica on Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:29 pm

How could it be worth more shredded, I don't get that.

Banksy is definitely male.

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magica wrote:How could it be worth more shredded, I don't get that.

Banksy is definitely male.

Because of the story. It's no longer a staid old painting...it's a piece of living art, with the proof to show it in the cuts.  It's now a painting, and a story.

Why do you say Banksy is a male?

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Post by Syl on Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:11 pm

I dont think it's publicly known what sex, age, or anything else Banksy is...it's just presumed he is male for some reason.

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Post by magica on Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:30 pm

Original Quill wrote:
magica wrote:How could it be worth more shredded, I don't get that.

Banksy is definitely male.

Because of the story. It's no longer a staid old painting...it's a piece of living art, with the proof to show it in the cuts.  It's now a painting, and a story.

Why do you say Banksy is a male?

I just feel he is male. No proof though.

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:34 pm

magica wrote:
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magica wrote:How could it be worth more shredded, I don't get that.

Banksy is definitely male.

Because of the story. It's no longer a staid old painting...it's a piece of living art, with the proof to show it in the cuts.  It's now a painting, and a story.

Why do you say Banksy is a male?

I just feel he is male. No proof though.

I have always heard of Banksy referred to a 'Him' 
I'm also pretty sure he is male 

Plus originally a Graffiti Artist Illegally Graffiti-ing Stuff, the back story leans toward being male too

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:06 pm

Yeah, but those assumptions will jump back at you. Indy car racing was a guy sport, until Danica Partick came along.

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:15 am

Original Quill wrote:Yeah, but those assumptions will jump back at you.  Indy car racing was a guy sport, until Danica Partick came along.


exactly  Cool Cool Cool  

a Female would have been celebrated for Diversity, not risk arrest as just another Graffiti Vandal 


Over the years Banksy has tried to maintain his anonymity. He has argued that he needs to hide his real identity because of the illegal nature of graffiti — that he “has issues with the cops,” that authenticating a street piece could be like “a signed confession.”Feb 17, 2013

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:14 am

I don't know. A few million bucks can change a lot of minds.

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Original Quill wrote:I don't know.  A few million bucks can change a lot of minds.


that's the point the Origin Story has stayed the same from before he had millions he wasn't collecting much at first in part because of this 'confession to a crime' issue he faces.

Plus people that do know his identity refer to him as him

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:20 am



Split up the US...peacefully. Razz

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Post by veya_victaous on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:55 am

The mysterious artist has since authenticated the painting’s scraps and renamed it Love Is In The Bin.
Sotheby’s said after the famous incident that it was “in discussion about next steps” with the winning bidder about what to do.
But the bizarre turn seemed to have only bolstered the piece’s legacy — and value — with Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art for Europe, dubbing it “the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction”.
The bidder is apparently willing to take her chances that he is right.
Initial concern for the unlucky new owner of the piece soon evaporated, as art experts tipped the half-destroyed work was probably now worth more.
“The successful bidder was a private collector, bidding through a Sotheby’s staff member on the phone. We are in discussions about next steps,” the auction house said in a statement.

Full update https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/banksy-bidder-still-wants-to-pay-196m-for-shredded-art/news-story/5c823d03c230daaf7b0c20bee9e06b67


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Despite his success and growing prominence, Banksy has managed to keep his identity a closely guarded secret.
Some people are aware of who he is — associates and fellow artists — but have proven to be fiercely loyal to his wishes to stay a secret.
When Forbes magazine estimated Banksy’s personal wealth at around £14 million ($A26 million), he responded with regret, saying he wished his works were worthless.
After Saturday’s stunt, he borrowed a quote from Picasso and wrote on Instagram: “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”

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Post by Jules on Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:11 am

Syl wrote:Banksy could be a woman then, or a monkey...didnt the etchings of a monkey earn great praise from some toffee nosed art critic once believing the work to be the paintings from a famous artist?
I'm leaning towards a dragon actually . . . . . or maybe a unicorn? Call it a hunch.




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The clip shows a hooded figure putting the finishing touches on the device, before text appears on the screen . . . .
Hmmm Suspect

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Post by Syl on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:45 am

Jules wrote:
Syl wrote:Banksy could be a woman then, or a monkey...didnt the etchings of a monkey earn great praise from some toffee nosed art critic once believing the work to be the paintings from a famous artist?
I'm leaning towards a dragon actually . . . . . or maybe a unicorn? Call it a hunch.

Well he/she/ whoever does exist because the paintings have got to have been created by someone. Cool

What I dont get about this shredded painting, yes, it was a good publicity stunt at the time, the painting being shredded in the auction room, all caught on camera, but now it's just a million strips of waste paper.....how can that be worth anything to anyone?

And if it actually is, does that not show how incredibly pretentious the art world is, something I would have thought Banksy would be dead against.

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:54 am

Syl wrote:
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Syl wrote:Banksy could be a woman then, or a monkey...didnt the etchings of a monkey earn great praise from some toffee nosed art critic once believing the work to be the paintings from a famous artist?
I'm leaning towards a dragon actually . . . . . or maybe a unicorn? Call it a hunch.

Well he/she/ whoever does exist because the paintings have got to have been created by someone. Cool

What I dont get about this shredded painting, yes, it was a good publicity stunt at the time, the painting being shredded in the auction room, all caught on camera, but now it's just a million strips of waste paper.....how can that be worth anything to anyone?

And if it actually is, does that not show how incredibly pretentious the art world is, something I would have thought Banksy would be dead against.

It's worth more because it's the Only Banksy Painting That Shredded Itself. If there's only one thing in the world and a lot of people are interested in it, it rises in value.

What cracks me up is that a lot of people who own Banksy prints, hearing of this one's rise in value, have stupidly shredded their own Banksy prints - rendering them worthless.

Not only that, but the value of the prints owned by people smart enough not to shred them went up.

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Post by Syl on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:01 pm

*THE Ben Reilly* wrote:
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Well he/she/ whoever does exist because the paintings have got to have been created by someone. Cool

What I dont get about this shredded painting, yes, it was a good publicity stunt at the time, the painting being shredded in the auction room, all caught on camera, but now it's just a million strips of waste paper.....how can that be worth anything to anyone?

And if it actually is, does that not show how incredibly pretentious the art world is, something I would have thought Banksy would be dead against.

It's worth more because it's the Only Banksy Painting That Shredded Itself. If there's only one thing in the world and a lot of people are interested in it, it rises in value.

What cracks me up is that a lot of people who own Banksy prints, hearing of this one's rise in value, have stupidly shredded their own Banksy prints - rendering them worthless.

Not only that, but the value of the prints owned by people smart enough not to shred them went up.

More money than sense springs to mind....Im not struck on this gimicky art. Give me agood old fashioned painting where one can stand back and admire it any day....but each to their own.


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Post by nicko on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:32 pm

I wouldn't hang 'em on my toilet door !
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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:48 pm

I wish someone had put a match to the strips as they came out of the shredder....taught the stupid clown a lesson.
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:01 pm

Syl wrote:More money than sense springs to mind....Im not struck on this gimicky art. Give me a good old fashioned painting where one can stand back and admire it any day....but each to their own.

What would Van Gogh's ear be worth, had they kept it in a jar of formaldehyde?  And he was a Dutch master, not some come-lately graffiti scribbler.

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Post by Syl on Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:22 pm

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Syl wrote:More money than sense springs to mind....Im not struck on this gimicky art. Give me a good old fashioned painting where one can stand back and admire it any day....but each to their own.

What would Van Gogh's ear be worth, had they kept it in a jar of formaldehyde?  And he was a Dutch master, not some come-lately graffiti scribbler.

No doubt Damien Hurst would have made a bloody fortune if he had gotten his hands on it first. Razz

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Post by HoratioTarr on Fri Oct 12, 2018 10:34 pm

Syl wrote:
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What would Van Gogh's ear be worth, had they kept it in a jar of formaldehyde?  And he was a Dutch master, not some come-lately graffiti scribbler.

No doubt Damien Hurst would have made a bloody fortune if he had gotten his hands on it first. Razz

Yes. Covered it in dung or menstrual blood and quadrupled it's worth.
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Post by Original Quill on Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:41 am

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[Original Quill wrote: "What would Van Gogh's ear be worth, had they kept it in a jar of formaldehyde?  And he was a Dutch master, not some come-lately graffiti scribbler."]

No doubt Damien Hurst would have made a bloody fortune if he had gotten his hands on it first. Razz

Yes.  Covered it in dung or menstrual blood and quadrupled it's worth.

I don't think those are art by any definition.  That's just shock value, if anything.

Perhaps you don't understand art.  The art in Banksy is in the act...even the act of making it go away.  As he says, even destruction is art in the way that it is done.  Dung?  Menstrual blood?  What intrinsic message is in that?

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Yes.  Covered it in dung or menstrual blood and quadrupled it's worth.

I don't think those are art by any definition.  That's just shock value, if anything.

Perhaps you don't understand art.  The art in Banksy is in the act...even the act of making it go away.  As he says, even destruction is art in the way that it is done.  Dung?  Menstrual blood?  What intrinsic message is in that?

Laughing

None whatsoever...

All that empty shit-stirring trash-talking nonsense shows us is that Horatio Troll's brain is still where it's always been..

Down in the gutter.

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Post by Syl on Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:55 am

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Yes.  Covered it in dung or menstrual blood and quadrupled it's worth.

I don't think those are art by any definition.  That's just shock value, if anything.

Perhaps you don't understand art.  The art in Banksy is in the act...even the act of making it go away.  As he says, even destruction is art in the way that it is done.  Dung?  Menstrual blood?  What intrinsic message is in that?

Ask Tracey Emin. Laughing

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Syl wrote:
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I don't think those are art by any definition.  That's just shock value, if anything.

Perhaps you don't understand art.  The art in Banksy is in the act...even the act of making it go away.  As he says, even destruction is art in the way that it is done.  Dung?  Menstrual blood?  What intrinsic message is in that?

Ask Tracey Emin. Laughing

Emin is autobiographical in her art.  Her 1997 work, Everyone I Have Ever Slept with, was just fookin tent.     I'm not sure because it is autobiographical, it dignifies it in any way, as art should stand alone, objectively.

If you need a catalogue of her life's experiences to explain the meaning of a piece of art, then why not make the catalogue the artwork...and ditch the junk?

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Post by eddie on Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:02 pm

From the OP:

“The urge to destroy is also a creative urge”.

I think it was a fucking kookily genius idea. I kinda like it.

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:43 pm




Watch this...







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Re: Banksy pulled off the biggest prank ever

Post by Tommy Monk on Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:57 pm

Did anyone watch the vid?


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Re: Banksy pulled off the biggest prank ever

Post by Syl on Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:06 pm

Tommy Monk wrote:Did anyone watch the vid?


I watched about 12 minutes of it Tommy but I couldn't take it seriously.

It was a bit like one of those Victoria Wood spoof films where she pretended to be a cross channel swimmer or a woman marrying a man on death row....it just seemed too silly....could have been the mans voice over that made it so.

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