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It is easy for an inexperienced person to believe this news, but if you think about it, a series of questions arise:
There are many questions that have not been answered, but in our opinion one thing is certain:
The mysterious Banksy then told the story behind his work that he self-destructed after the auction and did so with a video posted on Instagram. The artist - someone hypothesized that the purchaser of the 'Child with the balloon' was himself - shows in the movie how years ago he secretly installed an artisanal mechanism, "in case he finished off at auction", he recites the caption that flows on the images, where a hooded figure, Banksy himself, places the mechanism in the frame of the painting.
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"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge" signed his post Banksy, attributing the paternity of the sentence to Picasso, in reality, however, these words "Picasso" had already taken them to the Russian philosopher-anarchist Michael Bakunin who died in 1876.
Some details of the story remain unclear, starting from the identity of the buyer who had just won the work by telephone during the Contempory Art Evening Sale for the record price of 1,042,000 pounds, equal to 1,180,000 euros. According to some witnesses, a man dressed in black with a hat and sunglasses was spotted as he walked away from the auction house shortly after the incident (Baah). It is thought that it is Banksy himself whose identity is still shrouded in mystery (Baah) (the auction house certainly knows its name, provided that the work has paid it in black !). "We have been Banksyzzati" said Alex Branczik, the director of Sotheby's - "we are committed to understanding how to proceed".
Usually when a work is damaged while it is in the custody of an auction house, the buyer can withdraw the offer but it seems that in this case Girl with balloon, or what is left of it, has purchased even more value