Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding was a malfunction

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding was a malfunction

The video footage shows a hooded figure constructing the shredder in a workshop before cutting to the auction.

Nearly two weeks after Banksy shared a short video via Instagram confirming that he was behind the shredding of his famous Girl With Balloon artwork while at auction, the artist has released a director's cut video documenting the stunt.

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.

"In rehearsals it worked every time", a note reads - before showing a painting being entirely shredded by the hidden device.

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 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". He shared the picture of painting and wrote, "Shredding the Girl and Balloon - the Director's cut".


A clip shos someone pressing a button on a black box which sets off the shredder to destroy the art.

Banksy has offered more proof that the partial shredding of his work 'Girl with a Balloon, ' which fetched a record sum at Sotheby's, was not staged, explaining that the mechanism must have malfunctioned during the creative stunt. Now Banksy wants us to know that the whole damn thing was supposed to be shredded to bits.

The lot was estimated to sell for £200,000 to £300,000 before the auction.

Some experts believe the prank has increased the value of the artwork.

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

Other recent works included the opening of Dismaland, his dystopian, Disneyland-esque theme park in 2015, which he described as a "family theme park unsuitable for children".

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