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dateline: 10 October 2018

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Banksy Art Self Destructs After Purchase

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • anonymous: unidentified
  • self destruct: to destroy itself
  • stunned: surprised, unexpecting
  • auction: a public sale where the highest bidder gets to purchase a piece
  • shred: to tear into pieces
  • urge: strong desire

Banksy Art Self Destructs After Purchase

Banksy, the famous anonymous artist, stunned the art world last week when one of his pieces began to self destruct moments after it was purchased. from the event captured stunned art enthusiasts as the painting Girl with Balloon, which had just sold for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s auction, began to shred in its frame. Banksy a video shortly after the stunt revealing that a shredder was built inside the painting. Along with the video, he included a famous Picasso : “The urge to destroy is also a urge.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Banksy?
  2. What stunt did he pull?
  3. Why does the report mention Picasso?

Discussion Question

Some art critics have said that this stunt will actually elevate the price of the piece. Do you think this is true? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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