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But just after the hammer came down, and to the shock of those in the saleroom, the bottom half of the work passed through a shredder concealed in the frame.

In this file image taken from video on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, people watch as the spray-painted canvas "Girl with Balloon" by artist Banksy is shredded at Sotheby's, in London.

Variants of "balloon girl" have appeared over the years - an image of the girl reimagined as a young Syrian refugee was projected on Nelson's column on Trafalgar Square in 2014, while in 2017, ahead of the United Kingdom general election, he released images of a print of the girl letting go of the balloon, this time with the balloon bearing the Union Jack flag on it. Banksy pieces - murals or otherwise - continue to fetch huge sums either through traditional auction houses or other routes.

"Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist's newly-titled Love Is In The Bin, the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction".

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He told the Press Association he initially thought the painting had fallen out of its frame but then an alarm went off in the frame and he realised the auction house had been "Banksyed".

Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art, Europe, said: "Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one".

"We are definitely not the first and won't be the last art establishment to be the platform for Banksy to make his art". However, he says the move was very much in keeping with Banksy's approach and perspective: mocking the traditional art world and expressing disquiet at the way his and other works had been commodified - while at the same time reviving interest and debate on his works.

The framed, stencil spray painting shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon.

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The auction victor made a telephone call at about 21h and offered a significantly more than what was the estimated value of about 200-300,000 pounds.

Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists.

Last week's self-destruction was the latest in a long history of anti-establishment statements by the street artist.

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