Review of Banksy's Girl With A Balloon—Going to Auction
By: David K. Montoya

Welcome back to the second part of the Banksy's Girl With Balloon Art Review, this time around we will cover what occurred when an official print went to auction. The point of topic will leave you wondering was what the artist did a bold statement about the frugal spending of the art world or was it simply a joke, almost a mockery of the wealthy who buy such pieces.

Or perhaps it was a little of both.

We may never know his true intent, but when a painting by Banksy is sold for $1.4 million at the world famous auction house Sotheby's, and then moments later it was shredded into pieces—everyone in that room went into panic mode.

Let me back up a bit, some of you maybe wonder how is that possible since the Girl With Balloon was painted on brick. The popular auction house located in London, England offered a framed print of Girl With Balloon, which was considered one of Bansky's most popular works of art—which displays a little girl as she reaches for a heart shaped balloon.

Okay, so the stage is set and we're all up to speed.

So, the print had just sold for the $1.4 Million and everyone was applauding as the hammer dropped, mere moments later a shredder that was installed by Banksy and his team into the frame (unbeknownst to anyone else, by the way) and with a click of a button the print was chewed into unsalvageable pieces.

The irony in all of this is the fact that art collectors are offering TWICE the original amount paid by the winning bidder! According to a website, which resells Banksy art, they claim now that the piece has a great tale that will follow, it makes it at least close to $3 million!

The original artwork was crafted by the street artist back in 2006, for more on the history and interpretation CLICK HERE.

There was a lot of "on the record" statements made that night, but I have to say this one cracked me up and decided to include it here: "It appears we just got Banksy–ed," said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's senior director.

While is not the popular opinion, I should also add that there are conspiracy theorists which believe that Sotheby's was in fact, in on and perhaps involved in the practical joke, as online user protested that people who evaluate each product could not have missed the shredder inside the frame.

Again, it is not popular theory, but I would be remiss if I did not present it for your evaluation. The most agreed upon theory however is that it was a statement made by Banksy who believes that art is made to be enjoyed and admired, but not owned.

Bansky himself, whose genuine identity has never been officially revealed, despite frequent hypotheses, came into fame when he caught the eye of art critics and the world in general through a program of street art during the turn of the millennia. Back then they were typically satirical in design and appeared on structures across England, starting in his hometown Bristol.

As I stated last month, his Girl With Balloon first appeared on a wall in Great Eastern Street, London, England, it was at one point agreed upon that it was the English people's favorite modern work of art back in 2017.