Staff from Sotheby's auctioneers reposition Banksy’s Love is in the Bin, which is now half-shredded, in London, Britain, October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
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When street artist Banksy destroyed one of his works of art last week seconds after it was sold at an auction, he probably added to its value, with some experts suggesting it could now be worth double its original price. No one knows how the secretive artist activated a shredder hidden within the frame of his painting "Girl With Balloon" just after it was sold last week by Sotheby's for 1,042,000 British pounds ($1.4 million).Arnaud Oliveux, an expert at the Artcurial auction house Paris, suggested Banksy was careful not to destroy the whole of his painting.Artcurial will shortly auction three Banksy paintings, along with a resin-crafted figure of a rat holding a paintbrush signed by the artist.
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