Street Artist Banksy Pulls a Fast One at Sotheby's Auction


The ever-elusive artist Banksy pulled a massive stunt in October during an auction at Sotheby's in London. His 2006 "Girl With Balloon" piece had just been auctioned off when the painting suddenly started feeding itself into a shredder installed in the frame.

The buyer was happy to keep it. The auction house, which officials said had no prior warning of the stunt, claimed the piece is "the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction."