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New Writer of that piece is a dilettante
Here’s a theory: Hirst was the seller of “Girl with Balloon” and was in on the prank. Of course, the identity of the consigner is as shrouded in mystery as the buyer’s is. What is a matter of public record is that the seller acquired the picture directly from the artist, in 2006, the same year that Banksy agreed to participate in a show that Hirst curated of his art collection, at London’s Serpentine Gallery. Early last week, Hirst announced, through a spokeswoman, that he is scaling back his operation “to cut the corporate elements of the business.” Here’s hoping he has better luck than Banksy, whose stunt cutting fails to rise above the level of empty gesture.

Suppose Banksy's point is to comment on the absurdity of art celebrity, that "art" is more valuable because of who made it than anything inherent to the piece. That's not a wild assumption, given the stunt he did selling originals from a pop-up stand in Times Square.

Had this piece simply been sold, it wouldn't be in the news. Now we're not just talking about the high price and whether it makes sense, but the fact that literally destroying the work seems to be raising the value. I think that's making the comment loud and clear.

PS: I can't find a reference for Pratchett's definition of irony. Link?

New Alas my T.P. library is dead-trees, rendering that search er, "flat, stale and unprofitable".
* but I Can peg that one: Murder Must Advertise', one of a long-ago PBS Mystery Series whose Hero was Lord Peter Wimsey.
(Worth looking into, if you can find it Out there, I wot. Scripted in a relatively sane-Era and all. Might calm the synapses a bit..)
     How to troll the wealthy - (drook) - (9)
         Best riff on that one: - (malraux)
         Here's the shredder-in-action - (Ashton) - (3)
             Two favorite things from the videos - (drook) - (2)
                 Indeed, wondered also just how.. long.. a decent Li-ion battery has ~ 80% kw-hrs left.. - (Ashton) - (1)
                     I saw a comment that it was an unusual battery. - (static)
         Will this pass T. Pratchett's def'n of 'irony'? - (Ashton) - (3)
             Writer of that piece is a dilettante - (drook) - (1)
                 Alas my T.P. library is dead-trees, rendering that search er, "flat, stale and unprofitable". - (Ashton)
             For very "New Yorker" values of "Esquire". -NT - (CRConrad)

Somewhat classier digs than the last version.
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