New video shows Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' should have been totally shredded

New video shows Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' should have been totally shredded

New video shows Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' should have been totally shredded

A new video released today reveals that Banksy's intentions had been to destroy the entire artwork, known as Girl with Balloon, after it was sold under the hammer at a Sotheby's sale for £1m.

Banksy stunned the art world this month with the partial shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" artwork moments after it sold at Sotheby's auction house in London for $1.4 million.

Banksy posted a video on his website explaining that the painting was supposed to be entirely shredded by the device.

At the end, the video notes: "In rehearsals it worked every time..." as it shows the piece going the whole way through the shredding machine with slips of canvas falling to the floor.

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The bottom half of the painting was shredded through a hidden shredder that was placed in the frame by the artist while the top half remained untouched.

The framed, stencil spray painting shows a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon.

The auction house said the buyer, who was identified only as "a female European collector and a long-standing client", made a decision to continue with the purchase at the original price.

The new half-shredded artwork has been renamed Love Is In The Bin after being granted certification by Pest Control, Banksy's authentication body.

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"Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't", he wrote. Alex Branczik, the senior director of Sotheby's, was in the same state of disbelief, commenting "we just got Bansky-ed".

The rest of the clip shows Banksy - or whoever pushed the button to set off the machine - at Sothebys on auction day.

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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