Earlier this month Banksy sent the art world into turmoil when his ‘Girl With a Balloon’ artwork self-destructed after being sold at Sotheby’s auction for £860,000 plus fees. And while camera footage had been circling the net, Banksy has just released a behind-the-scenes documentary on installing and setting off the shredder.

Banksy Releases Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Girl With a Balloon Shredding

Yes, Banksy has released a ‘Director’s Cut’ video of the process of shredding the ‘Girl With a Balloon’. The video shows the making of the built-in shredder frame, the auction event at Sotheby’s in London, and the button that actually set off the shredder.

Since the shredding event, the painting has been newly titled ‘Love Is In The Bin’, with many arguing it’s set a new precedent in art history, redefining the value of artwork. But there are also some who don’t believe the stunt happened. In the video, Banksy clarifies that the piece did shred and that the auction house had no part in the stunt. Take a look below…

It was reported last week by The Guardian that the woman who purchased Banksy’s painting just before it self-destructed does still want to go through with the sale; “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.”

‘Girl With a Balloon’ first appeared as street art in London in 2002, but was eventually removed in 2014. The gallery work was created in 2006 and despite the shredding, many believe the piece is now worth at least double the sale price at Sotheby’s thanks to the Banksy’s stunt.

Check out Banksy’s video and let us know what you think of the whole thing in the comments below.


Last year, Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel, which sits just feet away from the wall that separates Bethlehem from the West Bank of Palestine.



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