Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

Joann Johnston
October 21, 2018

The clip first shows some behind-the-scenes footage of Banksy creating the self-shredding frame that holds the painting, and giving it a few test runs.

Almost a fortnight after Banksy made headlines at Sotheby's in London with his spectacular self-destructing painting, the artist has posted a video titled Shredding the Girl and Balloon: The Director's Cut (check it out below) that provides far more detail on just how he managed to pull off the caper, which caught the art world by surprise.

In a new video, posted to his YouTube page, Banksy revealed what was actually meant to happen to the painting. The video states, "In rehearsals it worked every time".

Onlookers at a Sotheby's auction earlier this month were left gobsmacked when, just moments after selling to a European collector for more than £1m, the famous artwork "self-destructed", with the bottom half reduced to strips dangling from the bottom of the frame.

The artwork was signed and dedicated and the vendor acquired it from the artist in 2006, the auction house said.

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The anonymous artist also said the auction house had not been let into the secret, posting on Instagram: "Some people think it didn't really shred".

That raised speculation that the stunt would only increase the painting's value. He shared the picture of painting and wrote, "Shredding the Girl and Balloon - the Director's cut".

The auction and partial shredding are shown, as is the work being taken off the wall at Sotheby's and carried out of the room.

Now a week later, the same piece of shredded art "Girl With Balloon" has a new name (approved by Banksy) - "Love Is in the Bin" - according to an announcement from Sotheby's on October 11. According to the Guardian, the piece has since been retitled as "Love Is In The Bin" and the original buyer went ahead with the purchase regardless.

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