Banksy Shredding Prank Malfunctioned, Artist Says in Video

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding was a malfunction

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

Banksy posted a new video to his website this week implying the partial shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a London auction was supposed to have been complete. Banksy intended that the entire painting, not half of it, be destroyed when the shredder was activated by the gavel when it dropped at the end of the winning bid, according to a new video posted by Banksy.

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.

The auction house says the winning bidder chose to buy it anyway at that price.

It depicts a young girl reaching outwards toward a red balloon in the shape of a giant heart.

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The almost three-minute-long video is titled, "Shred the Love, the Director's cut". "It did. Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't". 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.

The auction house said it can not predict how high the bidding will go for its three prints, but it expects the extra attention from Banksy's last stunt will have an impact on prices.

A still frame from Banksy's Director's Cut.

Now a week later, the same piece of shredded art "Girl With Balloon" has a new name (approved by Banksy) - "Love Is in the Bin" - according to an announcement from Sotheby's on October 11.

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