Banksy Artwork Self-Destructs Just After $1.4 Million Sale

A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers, moments after being sold for $1.4 million.

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LONDON (AP) — Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers on Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had been years in the making. The spray-painted canvas “Girl With Balloon” went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, fetching more than three times its pre-sale estimate and equaling…

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