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British artist Banksy’s half-shredded painting, ‘Love is in the Bin’ sells for $25 million

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British artist Banksy's half-shredded painting, 'Love is in the Bin' sells for $25 million
British artist Banksy's half-shredded painting, 'Love is in the Bin' sells for $25 million

‘Love is in the Bin,’ is British street artist Banksy’s half-shredded painting. It has sold for a record $25 million (£18.6 million).

The painting’s estimated value was 4.6 million pounds, but it sold for three times that amount.

A public auction According to Sotheby’s, the painting belongs to the anti-art group popularized by Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain.’

They shared Banksy’s half-shredded painting previously known as ‘Girl with the Balloon’. But, it put on a dramatic spectacle that was truly a strange joke.

Auctioneer Oliver Barker joked “I can’t tell you how terrified I am to bring down this hammer.”

Sotheby’s chairman of contemporary and modern art Alex Branczik said ”When Girl with Balloon ‘self-destructed’ in our saleroom, Banksy sparked a global sensation that has since become a cultural phenomenon.”

”He is no stranger to making headlines and this latest chapter in his story has captured imaginations across the world. We can only begin to guess what might come next,” Branczik added.

Banksy has established himself as the most well-known street artist in the United Kingdom. His painting “Game Changer” fetched £14.4 million at Christie’s auction house in London.

He also paid respect to British frontline workers. Then, he donated the proceeds of his artwork to the National Health Service (NHS).

He likewise rose to prominence after confirming in an Instagram video titled “A Great British Spraycation” that his masterpieces are painted all around the country.

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