Now, Banksy has uploaded a video suggesting the entire canvas was supposed to shred, and not just two thirds of it.
When Banksy remotely shredded his "Girl with Balloon" during a Sotheby's auction earlier this month, it was both surprising and unsurprising.
Banksy shared a video on Instagram over the weekend showing how the prank was pulled off, explaining that the shredder was secretly built into the painting a few years ago "in case it was ever put up for auction". The video states, "In rehearsals it worked every time".
On Oct. 6, right after the Sotheby's auction ended with Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" earning an impressive $1.4 million dollars (roughly £1.04 million), the art piece self-shredded via a clever mechanism embedded in the frame by the artist.
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.
The clip, titled "Shred The Love", purportedly shows Banksy, originally from Bristol in southwest England, testing out the secret shredding mechanism that he'd inserted into the frame prior to the sale. "Not really. Perhaps we are hoping for it", said auctioneer Arnaud Oliveux of Artcurial auction house in Paris, which is selling three Banksy prints next week.
"Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one", said Alex Branczik, Sotheby's Head of Contemporary Art, Europe. Despite claims to the contrary, however, the work actually fell short of Banksy's artist record at auction-set with the sale of Keep it Spotless (2007) for $1,870,000 at Sotheby's NY in February 2008.
Cropping pictures that the unknown woman-a collector bought for 1 000 042 GBP, renamed Love Is In The Bin ("Love in a trash can").