Banksy's spray-painted canvas "Girl with Balloon" is shown before its shredding Friday.
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Art prankster Banksy has struck again.A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auctiongoers Friday, moments after being sold for 1.04 million pounds ($1.4 million).Geneva-based artist Pierre Koukjian, who was at the auction, said the buyer was "very lucky" to own a now-historic piece.Koukjian, who has met Banksy, said he is sure he caught a glimpse of the artist in the saleroom amid the confusion of the moment.Brooks would not say whether the artist had been at the auction.Banksy is not the first artist to deconstruct his own work. In the years after World War II, German-born artist Gustav Metzger pioneered "auto-destructive art," creating paintings using acid that ate away the fabric beneath.
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