Please don’t shred your own Banksy print unless you want it to be worth £1

Last week, a framed copy of Banksy’s famous “Girl with Balloon” work self-shredded just moments after being auctioned for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s. The shredding (which some speculate Sotheby’s was in on) transformed the print into performance art, which then made it the most expensive piece of performance art ever sold at auction. But there’s more. Because the shredding was an intentional decision by the artist, it may be worth double what it sold for. It’s no longer one of many “Girl with Balloon” prints, but a one-of-a-kind Banksy performance piece.

This is all to say… don’t shred your own Banksy prints and expect to get the same results.

Unfortunately, this is a warning that has already been given but apparently ignored. On…

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