Banksy Painting Self-Destructs Seconds After Being Purchased For $1.4 Million

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Banksy Painting Auto-Destructs After Being Sold For $1.4 Million

Banksy just pulled off the biggest prank in the art world!

On Friday in NYC, the elusive English artist shocked a room full of art lovers at Sotheby’s when one of his paintings sold for a whopping $1.4 million… and then self-destructed!!

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Witnesses say that seconds after Girl With Balloon was purchased, an alarm went off as the painting began to slide through the bottom of the picture frame, which was secretly rigged with a shredder.

Ch-ch-check out Banksy’s video explaining how he made it all happen:

OMG!!

So what does this mean for the anonymous buyer? We have to expect he’s pissed after spending that much money!

Sotheby’s director Alex Branczik released a statement saying:

“It appears we just got Banksy-ed”

He continues:

“We have not experienced this situation in the past where a painting spontaneously shredded, upon achieving a record for the artist. We are busily figuring out what this means in an auction context.We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps.”

Joey Syer, co-founder of MyArtBroker.com which sells Banksy pieces, says the now-shredded work of art is now more valuable than before:

“This is now part of art history in its shredded state and we’d estimate Banksy has added at a minimum 50% to its value, possibly as high as being worth £2m plus.”

Wow, crazy!

[Image via Banksy/Instagram]

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Blake Lively Explains Her Huge Vagina Portrait In ‘A Simple Favor’

'It Was A LOTTA Crotch'

Blake Lively Explains THAT Vagina Portrait In 'A Simple Favor'

One of the features critics can’t stop talking about when it comes to noir comedy A Simple Favor is a portrait of a vagina.

A huge, closeup portrait of Blake Lively‘s character’s vagina, proudly displayed in her home.

After Anna Kendrick said the vagina was Blake’s idea, well, we just had to know WTF was up with that! (And if it was really Blake’s, er, Origin of The World.)

Video: Anna Made Speechless By Dumbest Question Ever!

At the movie’s premiere Monday night at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, Vulture asked Blake all about it, and she explained she didn’t come up with the idea for having a big vagina portrait, she just had the visual inspiration for the look:

“The nude portrait was a very critical part of the film. The portrait itself, the execution of what said nude portrait would look like, was inspired by this iconic Helmut Newton photo. I felt like it had to be over the top and funny, and what I loved about the Helmut Newton photo is that it was very graphic and abstract, like a wide lens but shot closely, so it distorted everything. It almost looked architectural, but it was unflattering. It was a lotta crotch. I thought it was so over the top and funny that I thought, ‘We’ve gotta take this Helmut Newton photo and re-create that.'”

She did not, unfortunately, reveal whether she was the artist’s model as well as the muse.

A Simple Favor hits theaters Friday, September 14 — watch and decide for yourself!

Fun Fact: Helmut Newton was a formalist fashion photographer who pushed the envelope when it came to nudity; he was also known for visually striking, risqué black and white celebrity portraits, such as this famous shot of British actress Charlotte Rampling.

[Image via Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]

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Jennifer Lawrence Is ‘Happy’ & Still Going Strong With Boyfriend Cooke Maroney

So Happy!

Jennifer Lawrence & Boyfriend Cooke Maroney Are Still Going Strong

J.Law is happy and boo’d up!

ICYMI, a “Happy Birthday!” is in order for Jennifer Lawrence, who recently celebrated her 28th trip around the sun. And you better believe the Red Sparrow actress has a lot to smile about, from turning another year older (and hotter) to her budding relationship with art dealer, Cooke Maroney.

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The pair have been dating since May, and were recently spotted spending time together in Paris. An insider told People that the couple stayed at The Ritz hotel, and “seemed happy, occasionally holding hands” while out and about in the City of Lights.

The source continued that the couple’s trip was “very short,” and that they spent most of it walking around together.

Sounds like the perfect couples getaway if you ask us, and we’re glad to hear these two are still going strong!

[Image via WENN.]

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People Are Photoshopping Timothée Chalamet Into Classic Art, And The Results Are Breathtaking!

People Are Photoshopping Timothée Chalamet Into Classic Art, And The Results Are Breathtaking!

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Timothée Chalamet is too beautiful to be limited to just one art form!

It turns out the Call Me By Your Name star’s face fits just as well in 16th century sculpture as it does in 21st century film.

This month, an Instagram account called ChalametInArt began photoshopping Timmy into famous works of art, often paintings of boys with fruit…

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The surprising thing? If you didn’t know the original you might not even know they were doctored! Chalamet looks that much in his element!

Get a taste of classical Timmy (below)! (more…)

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Shade Or No Shade?? Madonna Disturbs The Beyhive With This Doctored Beyoncé Photo!

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Shade Or No Shade?? Madonna Disturbs The Beyhive With This Doctored Beyoncé Photo!

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JAY-Z better be ready to watch the throne again — um, his lady’s throne that is.

Madonna got into some hot water on Twitter Friday morning when she posted a photo of Beyoncé and the First Gentleman staring up at art in The Louvre as they did in the Apeshit video.

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Why was everyone upset? All the art was replaced with herself! And what she wrote didn’t help…

Her Madgesty posted: (more…)

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Jennifer Lawrence Is Reportedly Dating A High End Art Dealer!

Jennifer Lawrence Is Reportedly Dating A High End Art Dealer!

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Jennifer Lawrence just marked her red dot on a new man!

According to a new report, the Red Sparrow star has been quietly dating art gallerist Cooke Maroney for the past few weeks.

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The 33-year-old works as a director at New York’s Gladstone Gallery, which reps artists such as Lena Dunham‘s dad Carroll. A source revealed the two met through J.Law’s friend Laura Simpson, telling the tabloid:

“They met through Jen’s friend Laura├óΓé¼┬ª The relationship has been going on a few weeks. But they have been very private and careful not to be seen together.”

One must be delicate when dealing with such a work of art!

Reps for the actress haven’t commented on the romance just yet. Would U ship this couple?

[Image via Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.]

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Ariana Grande Is A GODDAMN WORK OF ART On The Met Gala Red Carpet!

Ariana Grande Is A GODDAMN WORK OF ART On The Met Gala Red Carpet!

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There were many interpretations of the Heavenly Bodies theme for this year’s Met Gala, but you cannot go wrong with images that literally decorate the Vatican.

Ariana Grande rocked the red carpet in a spectacular Vera Wang decorated with a print of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel artwork.

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From the bodice to the underlay of the skirt, the entire ball gown is a work of art — just like Ari herself.

Ch-ch-check out the closeups of that print (above)!

​[Image via Getty Images.]

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School Mural Depicting Donald Trump’s Severed Head Sparks Controversy

School Mural Depicting Donald Trump’s Severed Head Sparks Controversy

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A Chula Vista school mural that depicts Donald Trump‘s severed head has received a number of complaints, prompting school officials to release a statement.

In late April, at a scholarship fundraiser called “Battlegroundz,” students and invited artists painted murals in an alley behind MAAC Community Charter School to promote urban art.

In one portion of the panorama, artist Sasha Andrade painted the President’s decapitated head with a spear impaling his mouth. Not surprisingly, the image sparked controversy.

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According to a statement from school director Tommy Ramirez obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Andrade has agreed to change the artwork.

“We understand that there was a mural painted at the event this past weekend that does not align with our school’s philosophy of non-violence… We have been in communication with the artist ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ who has agreed to modify the artwork ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ to better align with the school’s philosophy.”

On Friday, the controversial project was covered up with a piece of plywood, as a vehicle parked in front of it.

Although school officials said Andrade was willing to alter her work, her May 2 post on Instagram suggested otherwise. (more…)

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Jockstrap, Swords, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dinosaur Skull: Get It All At Russell Crowe’s CRAZY Divorce Auction!

Jockstrap, Swords, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dinosaur Skull: Get It All At Russell Crowe’s CRAZY Divorce Auction!

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In case you hadn’t heard, you can get your hands on the strap that was on Russell Crowe‘s jock — if you have the coin!

After his divorce with Danielle Spencer, the L.A. Confidential star found catharsis in capitalism by selling off dozens of his prized possessions in a massive auction.

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In a statement released by Sotheby’s Australia, he explained:

“Divorce has its way of making you really examine the things that are essential in life ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and the things that are not. Through the process I had a look around and realized I had a lot of stuff. Career stuff, stuff I’ve collected, and stuff in general. Boxes and boxes of stuff├óΓé¼┬ªso in the spirit of moving forward into fresh air, here’s a portion of that collection of stuff.”

Lots in the Sotheby’s auction, titled The Art Of Divorce, include Russell’s jockstrap from Cinderella Man, his sword from Gladiator, and his ridiculous purple suit from Virtuosity.

In addition to his own movie memorabilia, there’s a healthy amount of art, guitars, vehicles, and more — but the oddest thing may be a Mosasaur skull he got from Leonardo DiCaprio!

You can see the full catalog HERE — but hurry up!

The auction begins April 7 (Russell’s bday and wedding anniversary) at 6 p.m. local time in Sydney — that’s 4 a.m. EST! And if you’re going to bid by phone or internet you have to register by 11 p.m. EST!

[Image via Sotheby’s Australia.]

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