The Banksy painting that self-destructed after being sold for $1.1 million has reportedly doubled in value after the controversial stunt.


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A print of the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’ painting went up for sale at Sotheby’s Auction House in London on Friday evening. Within moments of the record-breaking bid being announced at around 9 PM, an alarm was immediately triggered within the frame, before the painting was shredded into ribbons that hung from the bottom.

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Despite going through the shredder, art experts believe that Banksy may have actually increased the value of the iconic work.

The 2006 painting, which shows s a girl reaching out to a red heart-shaped balloon, is widely viewed as one of Banksy’s most iconic images. It was initially valued at around $300,000 but eventually sold for $1.5M.

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