“Pranksy” has struck at the McMenace Exhibition in Dundee, just before it welcomed its 100,000th visitor on Wednesday.
He – or she – left their calling card at the McManus Gallery during the ongoing comic exhibition celebrating 80 years of the Beano.
Curators were left stunned when they discovered that their Minnie Lisa artwork – featuring popular comic character Minnie the Minx – had been partially shredded.
The mystery artist gave the work similar treatment to a painting entitled Girl with Balloon by graffiti maestro Banksy, who arranged for one of his best-known works to self-destruct after being sold at auction by Sotheby’s for just over £1 million last Friday.
Shortly after the hammer came down on the item, the canvas began to pass through a shredder installed in the frame. Banksy posted an image on Instagram of the shredded work dangling from the bottom of the frame with the title “Going, going, gone … ”
McManus curator Carly Cooper told the Tele that Pranksy is believed to have struck overnight on Tuesday.
With tongue firmly in her cheek, she said: “We came in to work on Wednesday morning and were shocked and appalled by what had happened to Minnie Lisa.
“However, as Banksy’s picture is believed to have had 50% added to its value since the shredding, perhaps Minnie Lisa will also go up in value.”
Carly said the exhibition, which ends on Sunday after opening in June, welcomed its 100,000th visitor through the doors of the gallery on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve had a great response – it’s been a real trip down memory lane for people and we have been getting a lot of requests for prints with Minnie Lisa being incredibly popular,” she added
“The show is already the most popular comic exhibition ever held in the UK.
“Visitors can enter a prize draw where the winner will be immortalised as a Beano character and introduced to the world on Beano.com.
“All fans have to do is share a picture of themselves with the now re-titled ‘Minnie Lisa in the Bin, 2018’ at the exhibition on social media accompanied with the ‘bashtag’ #McMenace before Sunday.”
The true identity of Bristol-born Banksy has never been officially revealed despite wide speculation.
He rose to fame with graffiti that appeared on buildings across the UK, often marked by deeply satirical undertones.
Art auctioneers have been known to attempt to sell his street art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder. His documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.