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

Visitors view Banksy's artwork tilted Love is in the Bin previously known as—Girl with Balloon at Sotheby's

Visitors view Banksy's artwork tilted Love is in the Bin previously known as—Girl with Balloon at Sotheby's

Banksy has posted a video on his website showing his million-dollar "Girl with Balloon" piece was meant to have been destroyed all the way through.

But the anonymous artist has now suggested that things didn't go quite to plan.

When Banksy remotely shredded his "Girl with Balloon" during a Sotheby's auction earlier this month, it was both surprising and unsurprising. The canvas, originally titled "Girl With Balloon", passed through a hidden shredder seconds after the hammer fell at Sotheby's London Contemporary Art Evening Sale on October 5, making it the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction. Partial shredding of the masterpiece is shown, as auctioneers rushed to take the work off the wall and out of the room.

Welcome back to the odd and ongoing story of Banksy's Girl With Balloon, aka Love is in the Bin, aka probably the world's priciest intentionally damaged work of art.

An unnamed collector bought the piece which, including a buyer's premium, cost £1m. It shows hands and a hooded figure (Banksy is fond of hoodies) constructing the mechanism in a studio space, then it rolls on to the outside of Sotheby's before the auction.

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

A clip of a canvas shredding in full is seen in the video with the caption: "In rehearsals, it worked every time".

Sotheby's said the artwork has been given a new title, Love is in the Bin, and that it has been granted a certificate by Banksy's authentication body. After all, how could such an embedded device have eluded conservators and auction house specialists?

The glitch makes the new form of "Girl with Balloon" much easier to display on walls, and the art experts say the artwork, now renamed "Love Is in the Bin", is now worth significantly more than the $1.4 million paid by the victor (who has chose to keep the piece).

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