Oct 6, 2018

Banksy painting self-destructs after selling for $1.4 million

Banksy's portrait after going through a shredder. Photo: Banksy via Instagram

Banksy pulled off arguably his most elaborate art stunt yet on Friday after the Girl with Red Balloon portrait "self-destructed" and dropped through a shredder after being sold for $1.4 million.

The details: The shredder was hidden in a frame, per CNN, and activated immediately after the painting was sold in a Sotheby's auction. It's unclear how it was activated, but will go down as another elaborate and expensive act from the anonymous artist. Bansky responded in an instagram post after the stunt with three simple words: "Going, going, gone..."

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  3. Bernie Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"
  4. Nearly half of Republicans support pardoning Roger Stone
  5. Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.