Banksy’s “Balloon Girl” diptych sold for 3.7 million euros

Produced in 2005, the painting was estimated between 2.5 and 3.5 million pounds (2.9 and 4.1 million euros).

A diptych version of The balloon girl de Banksy was sold on Friday for 3.1 million pounds (3.7 million euros) at an auction at Christie’s in London, the day after a new record for the British artist.

Made in 2005, the two-part canvas, which depicts a little girl reaching for a red heart-shaped balloon on a white background, was estimated at between 2.5 and 3.5 million pounds (2.9 and 4, 1 million euros).

Thursday night another version of The balloon girl, which had partially self-destructed three years ago, soared for almost 18.6 million pounds. This amount exceeds the previous record for a Banksy, reached last March by Game Changer, a canvas honoring caregivers in a period of the coronavirus pandemic, which had been sold for 16.75 million pounds (19.5 million euros) for the benefit of the British public health service.

Denounce the “commodification” of art

In October 2018, The balloon girl, then renamed Love is in the trash (Love is in the Bin) had partially self-destructed just after the hammer blow.

A crusher hidden in the frame had torn the lower half of the canvas to shreds, which depicts a little girl releasing a red heart-shaped balloon, leaving only the balloon intact on a white background.

Banksy then intended to denounce the “commodification” of art, via this performance. In three years, the price of the self-destroyed work has multiplied by about 18.

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