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.