Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

New Banksy Video Shows How He Pulled Off Shredding Stunt

A still frame from Banksy’s Director’s Cut A still frame from Banksy’s Director’s Cut
Adrian Cunningham | 21 October, 2018, 07:23

A complete shredding of the same design is then shown.

A framed canvas version of Girl with Balloon by Banksy, just sold at London auction house Sotheby's.

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.

Banksy later posted a video on his Instagram account where he said that several years ago he had secretly embedded a shredder into the picture.

"In rehearsals it worked every time...", the video notes.

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The clip suggests Banksy meant to shred the entire image, not just the bottom half.

On Oct. 6, right after the Sotheby's auction ended with Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" earning an impressive $1.4 million dollars (roughly £1.04 million), the art piece self-shredded via a clever mechanism embedded in the frame by the artist.

Sotheby's confirmed that the buyer, a long-standing female client of the prestigious auction house, had agreed to buy the work for the price agreed at auction.

Incidentally, there's still a huge amount of controversy going on over the painting and Sotheby's were debating whether to refund the person who bought it or if it was actually worth more in its new, shredded state. "It did. Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't", read the post. Partial shredding of the masterpiece is shown, as auctioneers rushed to take the work off the wall and out of the room. "Banksy made us. We have never encountered a similar situation in the past", - said the Director of the auction. It has since been rechristened Love Is in the Bin, and the artist-the likely consignor-has since reissued a certificate of authenticity.