Half-shredded Banksy could fetch over $5 mln at auction
Auctioneer Sotheby’s said that “Love is in the Bin”’ be offered at a sale in London on Oct. 14. The piece has a pre-sale estimate of 4 million pounds to 6 million pounds ($5.5 million to $8.3 million).
It consists of a half-shredded canvas bearing a spray-painted image of a girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon.
Then known as “Girl With Balloon,” the work was sold at Sotheby’s in October 2018. Just as an anonymous European buyer made the winning bid, a hidden shredder embedded in the frame by Banksy whirred to life, leaving half the canvas hanging from the frame in strips.
The buyer decided to go through with the purchase, a decision that would be vindicated if the picture achieves its estimated price.
Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art, described “Love is in the Bin” as “the ultimate Banksy artwork and a true icon of recent art history.”
“It was born of the most spectacular artistic happening of the 21st century,” he said. “When ‘Girl With Balloon’ self-destructed in our saleroom, Banksy sparked a global sensation that has since become a cultural phenomenon.”
The artwork will travel and go on public display in London, Hong Kong, Taipei and New York ahead of its sale next month.