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Shred priceless art with these ingenious Banksy postcards

Just how badly do you want to read the secret message?

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The world’s collective jaw dropped when a Banksy artwork shredded itself at a recent Sotheby’s auction–just moments after it sold for over $1 million. And now, the cognitively dissonant joy of watching art destroy itself can come to your home for a mere $10.

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[Image: courtesy Shuba Gift Factory]
Hello from Banksy!” is a postcard that you need to shred to read. Created for the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, and designed by the Belarusian graphic designer Lesha Limonov, it looks like a miniature, framed piece of art. But pull at a tab on the bottom, and the precut postcard comes out in shreds.

Beyond the delight of watching a priceless oil painting slice itself to pieces (sorry Rembrandt!), your efforts are rewarded when the painting slides to reveal a small, secret message, filled out by the postcard’s sender. Maybe that note will be, “What is wrong with you? Why would you shred a Rembrandt?” And then you can take a long, hard look in the mirror, and be very glad that this stupid prank didn’t cost you a million dollars.

About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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