As soon as Girl with a balloon was shredded, the piece became the infamous Love is in the bin
At 18.00 today Banksy’s infamous shredded ‘Girl with a balloon’ goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house, complete with its new title ‘Love is in the bin’ and an estimate of £4,000,000 – £6,000,000.
Originally the infamousness (we weren’t sure if that was an actual word, but apparently it is) was all based around the discussion of whether the 2018 ‘stunt’ was a real Banksy prank or something that Sotheby’s were aware was going to happen.
On the 5th October 2018 Banksy’s Balloon Girl captured the world’s attention. As the hammer went down at auction house Sotheby’s on the £860,000 piece, we watched in astonishment as the Balloon Girl began to shred. Many called it a ‘stunt’; a wonderful piece of marketing. Others questioned how this could have happened and cried ‘fake’.
It's not been an easy ride for JPS but his talent and drive has proved he is one of the greatest street artists around
Jamie Paul Scanlon aka JPS is one of those annoyingly great artists (in a good way of course). Whether it’s a genius tongue-in-cheek pun or the perfect placement, his work constantly makes you ask the question ‘why didn’t I think of that’? As a result, he’s gained a large loyal following due to his work continually going viral.
His road to success hasn’t been an easy one but fortunately his strength and determination has culminated in a classic ‘boy done good’ story.
We got in touch with JPS for a chat to find out more about him and his work…