Published: Sun, October 21, 2018

Banksy reveals partial shredding stunt was a malfunction

Banksy reveals partial shredding stunt was a malfunction

A video released on Banksy's YouTube channel has detailed not only the night when the auction happened, but also details the construction of the frame itself, the remote which he smuggled (or one of his assistants) into the auction and the aftermath as it happened.

A gallery assistant poses with "Girl with Balloon" 2006 artwork by Banksy at Lazinc Gallery in London July 11, 2018. "In rehearsals it worked every time", a caption says as footage is shown of a copy of the artwork being shredded entirely.

The suggestion that Banksy had planned to cut up the entire artwork comes after Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, reiterated in a new interview that the auction house had no prior knowledge of the prank.

The framed, stencil spray painting shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon. The act shocked the crowd, but the winning bidder - a European collector - went ahead and bought it anyway for $1.4 million, according to the auction house. She said she thinks the stunt has increased the piece's value.

A hooded figure can be seen constructing the mechanism in a studio during the almost 3-minute clip titled "Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director's Cut".


"Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't", he wrote.

The pic with a snapchat eye-emoji on it shows a man in a white scarf, wearing some kind of a wrist band or watch, hat and black glasses with some device on him allegedly in the same Sotheby's room where the shredding took place.

Shortly after the auction, Sotheby's announced that the painting had been renamed "Love is in the Bin".

The auction house said it can not predict how high the bidding will go for its three prints, but it expects the extra attention from Banksy's last stunt will have an impact on prices.

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