Banksy Releases A 'Director's Cut' Video About 'Girl With Balloon'


Nearly two weeks after Banksy shared a short video via Instagram confirming that he was behind the shredding of his famous Girl With Balloon artwork while at auction, the artist has released a director's cut video documenting the stunt.

Earlier this month, the art world gasped as a Banksy painting that had just sold at auction for $1.4 million just up and partially shredded itself.

Girl With Balloon was bought for £1.04 million by an unknown European art collector, who after the sale and seeing it shredded inside a purpose-built frame said would still go ahead with the deal.

The auction and partial shredding are shown, as is the work being taken off the wall at Sotheby's and carried out of the room.

Depicting a girl reaching towards a bright red heart-shaped balloon, the spray paint and acrylic on canvas Girl With Balloon is one of Banksy's best-known images.

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

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.

But a new video that the guerilla street artist shared to YouTube on Tuesday suggests the stunt was slightly botched.

The footage shows how a button was pressed to trigger an alarm from the painting, as part of it was sliced into strips.

The very moment the auctioneer announced the name of the winning bidder, the bottom half of the artwork was sucked into the shredder concealed in the frame.

The artist defended the shredding with a quote from Picasso: "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge".

"When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history", the unnamed purchaser said, per Sotheby's.

After the prank, the piece was granted certification by Pest Control, Banksy's authentication body, and was given the new title Love Is In The Bin.

The buyer has chose to keep the artwork after it made the headlines around the world.