Did You See This? Artwork sells for $1.4 Million Then Self-Destructs

  • @kaitlinmakes I didn't really know much about Banksy. Thank you for sharing. It does seem that, throughout history, the work of artists has made more money for those who are in possession of the art than it has for the artists themselves.

    The three gentlemen who started SVS are doing a great service for artists by showing them how to use the craft and talent of being an artist to actually make money from their work.

    That is why I am so impressed with SVS and with the dialogue I read on this forum.

    P.S. - I just took a look at your own work and, once again, I am blown away by the talent. Awesome artwork.

    • Larry

  • I’ve been following Bansky for a while now (I´ve bought the first book about him in 2015 in Bruxelles...I still remember how in awe I was of this volume when I first saw it) and I think he is the perfect example of somebody struggling with his own success. Bansky builds his brand on being “anti”. Anti-establishment, anti-governments, anti-restrictions, anti-art-world. But now that he is so successful, the establishment is catching up with him in ways that are distinctly against his original principles and I think he´s having a hard time keeping himself true to himself....and becoming increasingly tangled up with self-contradiction. Is this latest prank really authentic or is it fabricated? Was Sothesby really unaware of what would happen? Difficult to believe knowing how carefully works of art must be scanned and evaluated before being put out for auction. Why did the “destruction” only go so far and not to the end? Isn’t it blatantly obvious to anybody that the value of the piece would be magnified by this “happening “ rather than diminished? It smells too much of PR-coup to be believable and I’m afraid that the suspect that Bansky is compromising himself to the “establishment” he always criticized is hard to avoid....
    Somehow It made me think of Bill Watterson. He is somebody who managed to remain true to his principles until the very end...even when it meant stopping doing what was making him famous. And to this day, you will not see a piece of Calvin and Hobbes merchandise anywhere....he literally turned his back to a million-dollar business to stay true to his beliefs.

  • Something smells about this story - how was shredder activated? Was there a battery in the frame to power it? How many years can a battery last like that? I feel there’s more to the story to be revealed.
    Having said all that it did make me lol when I read about it yesterday so I guess that’s worth something.

  • @smceccarelli Brilliant response. Love it!

  • @smceccarelli He does sell prints of his work through his online shop (I follow him on facebook) but they are reasonably priced

  • I saw a documentary about street artists once upon a time and Banksy was featured heavily. It was an interesting watch. “Exit through the gift shop”.

  • @larry-whitler
    Than you Larry - that means a lot to me!

    I agree with you - This community and the teachers here have changed my life, to know that it is so possible to have a viable career in the arts - and now when my dad asks me, "How are you going to support yourself with that?", I have answers.

    @smceccarelli you bring up such good points! It never occurred to me to ask those questions!

  • I would think that someone who could afford 1.4 million for a painting could also afford a pretty good lawyer.... They'd also know that Sotheby's in London probably has pretty good insurance.....I'd pay the 1.4 million for the painting and bring a lawsuit against Sotheby's for 10 million and settle for 5 million out of court and make a nice little profit. Then put the ruined pieces of the painting on the market and make some more money. I think everyone in the situation thought they were being coy....well, I'd make them pay for it.

  • Lol - it's already being used for advertising

  • To be honest, i don’t really like contemporary art that much. I think they’re just a hot pile of paper shreddings. Hehe