Banksy reveals partial shredding stunt was a malfunction

Lewis Collier
October 21, 2018

In the same video, the artist showed the shredder device and a method of its activation at the auction.

A framed canvas version of Girl with Balloon by Banksy, just sold at London auction house Sotheby's.

Banksy posted a new video to his website this week implying the partial shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a London auction was supposed to have been complete.

Banksy later posted a video on his Instagram account where he said that several years ago he had secretly embedded a shredder into the picture.

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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The shredding drew speculation that the act was a stunt to increase the value of the painting, which depicts a girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon. Link in bio. Some people think it didn't really shred.

Love is in the Bin self-shredded in its frame immediately after selling for £860,000 at Sotheby's last week. "Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't". By all accounts, it looks like there was no way of knowing precisely what he had in store, and you can hear one of the auctioneers from Sotheby's remark that he often provides the frames to his works as part of the sale.

Oliveux said if Banksy was planning another stunt for the next auction, it probably wouldn't involve a secret shredder. "But then I realized that now I own a piece of history of art", shared the new owner of the work. 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.

When a Banksy painting "self-destructed" after selling at auction for £1.04 million ($1.4 million) last week, it looked like the ideal stunt - one that caught onlookers and the art world by surprise.

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