Banksy reveals 'Girl With Balloon' shredding stunt malfunctioned in mysterious video

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding was a malfunction

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding was a malfunction

In the video, we see a person (presumably Banksy) constructing the picture frame from scratch - shredder included - before transitioning to the Sotheby's action, complete with candid recordings.

The ever-elusive Banksy has released a new video detailing the now infamous shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" painting - which was auctioned off at Sothebys earlier this month.

Banksy posted a clip of himself building the shredder that ripped up a $2m painting.

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.

His Girl With Balloon was bought for £1.04 million by a European art collector - but nearly as soon as the hammer fell, the canvas was passed through a secret shredder hidden in the large Victorian-style frame, leaving the bottom half in tatters and only a solitary red balloon left on a white background in the frame. "Some people think the auction house were in on it. It did. Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't".

Oliveux said if Banksy was planning another stunt for the next auction, it probably wouldn't involve a secret shredder. It also shows the moment of partial destruction and the "shocking" expression of the crowd present at the auction.

The buyer's identity was not revealed but Sotheby's quoted her as saying: "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". In this sense, it's possible to argue that Banksy is suggesting that art is becoming consumed by money, where every piece has become synonymous with an assigned monetary worth.

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