New Banksy Video Shows How He Pulled Off Shredding Stunt

Joann Johnston
October 18, 2018

After offering more details about the shredding mechanism inside the frame he had built in 2006 when he created the "Girl with a Balloon", Banksy then showed footage of a snobby, lavishly dressed crowd mingling at Sotheby's and taking a keen interest in the artist's work, the highlight of the sale.

"The Girls With the Balloon" self-destructed moments after an anonymous bidder offered a whopping $1.4 million to buy it at the Sotheby's auction held in London earlier this month.

There has been speculation that Banksy was present at the October 5 auction.

Welcome back to the unusual and ongoing story of Banksy's Girl With Balloon, aka Love is in the Bin, aka probably the world's priciest intentionally damaged work of art.

The buyer has said they plan to keep the painting anyway and some have suggested the partially shredded version is actually worth more now than if it was intact because what really is art, anyway, if not a game of one-up trolling all for the purposes of profit?

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Banksy implied that the stunt went wrong in a new video posted to his website.

Part of the piece remained within the frame and was not destroyed.

A clip of a canvas shredding in full is seen in the video with the caption: "In rehearsals, it worked every time". Partial shredding of the masterpiece is shown, as auctioneers rushed to take the work off the wall and out of the room.

Sotheby's said the artwork has been given a new title, Love is in the Bin, and that it has been granted a certificate by Banksy's authentication body. The spectacular stunt left many in the art world wondering if such a creative art heist could increase the masterpiece's value and if the reputable auction house was behind the performance to generate even more interest in Banksy.

"When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history", the unnamed purchaser said, per Sotheby's.

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