New Banksy Video Suggests Shredded Painting Stunt Didn't Go Entirely To Plan

Now a video called Shred the Love, the Director's cut, has been released by the artist which reveals the stunt did not go quite to plan.

Banksy has posted a video to his website in which he implies the shredding of his Girl With Balloon at a Sotheby's auction in London was supposed to have been complete.

As the gavel fell on street artist Banksy's Girl with Balloon (2006) for £860,000 ($1.13 million)-catalog Lot 67 and the evening's final offering-the "spray paint and acrylic on canvas, mounted on board" began to slowly slip through a built-in shredder hidden within the frame as the prankster artist posted on Instagram "Going, going, gone". Then the auction and partial shredding are shown. The canvas was shredded to right above the girl's head, leaving the balloon intact.

The video, which runs a mere three minutes, expands on the previous video, showing more of the shredder being surreptitiously installed in the frame, more of the patrons of Sotheby's obliviously drinking champagne and chatting before the now-infamous auction, more of the auction itself, and more of the shredding itself.

A stunned crowd gasped and looked on and the painting was swiftly removed.

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

Part of the piece remained within the frame and was not destroyed.

Onlookers at a Sotheby's auction earlier this month were left gobsmacked when, just moments after selling to a European collector for more than £1m, the famous artwork "self-destructed", with the bottom half reduced to strips dangling from the bottom of the frame.

Banksy previously claimed that preparations for the stunt were carried out "a few years ago" in case it was ever put up for auction. It has since been rechristened Love Is in the Bin, and the artist-the likely consignor-has since reissued a certificate of authenticity.

Sotheby's says the piece is "the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction".

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