New Banksy Video Hints Artwork Shredding Stopped Halfway Due To Glitch
Banksy has posted another video of his artwork-shredding mechanism, this time implying the partial shredding of his Girl With Balloon was supposed to have been complete.
A crowd at Sotheby's London auction house sat shocked last month as Banksy's work was destroyed by its own frame immediately after selling for more than $1.9 million.
The winning bidder ended up going ahead with the sale, after Sotheby's was left in the extremely unique position of determining what to do with a now half shredded work of art after the hammer had gone down.
Conversation around whether the artwork, which was only shredded to about the halfway point, had actually increased in value due to the fact it was Banksy himself who did it, began to circulate.
Now, a second video -- following an earlier version posted to the famously elusive artist's Instagram page -- has made it appear that the stunt only partially worked.
"In rehearsals it worked every time …" the end of the video reads, before a clip of the artwork being completely shredded by the frame.
In a post on his official Instagram, Banksy directed followers to the new video, reassuring any non-believers the artwork most certainly did shred.
"Some people think it didn't really shred. It did." the post said.
"Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't."
The nearly three-minute video, titled 'Shred the Love, the Director's Cut', also runs through the construction of the mechanism within the frame again, before cutting to Sotheby's before the auction.
Reports Banksy had been present that night emerged almost immediately after the incident, and the videos-- which show footage of the shredding, the artwork's removal and the crowd which attended the auction-- have only fueled this belief.
“It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” Alex Branczik, the auction house’s head of contemporary art for Europe had said after the auction.
“He is arguably the greatest British street artist, and tonight we saw a little piece of Banksy genius."
Banksy has managed to conceal his identity since he began creating often politically themed, stenciled pieces of street art in the 1990s.