Banksy reveals he meant to shred entire £1m Girl With Balloon painting

Lawrence Kim
October 19, 2018

The almost 3-minute long video is titled, "Shred the Love, the Director's cut".

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.

The auction of Girl With Balloon attracted a winning bid of £860,000 (approximately $1.4 million once the buyer's fee was factored in).

The pic with a snapchat eye-emoji on it shows a man in a white scarf, wearing some kind of a wrist band or watch, hat and black glasses with some device on him allegedly in the same Sotheby's room where the shredding took place.

Banksy implied that the stunt went wrong in a new video posted to his website. The canvas was shredded to right above the girl's head, leaving the balloon intact.

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.

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.

But interestingly, the video states that it was actually meant to be fully shredded, showing rehearsals in which the full painting was shredded every time.

Banksy previously claimed that preparations for the stunt were carried out "a few years ago" in case it was ever put up for auction.

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.

Commenting on the stunt, street-art curator Roger Gastman, who has worked with the artist, said, "Banksy continues to amaze me with his ingenuity", adding, "He continues prove that you can be a great artist 100 percent on your own terms".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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