Written by Oscar Holland, CNN When a Banksy painting "self-destructed" after selling for auction for £ 1.04 million last week,…
When a Banksy painting “self-destructed” after selling for auction for £ 1.04 million last week, it looked like the perfect stunt – one that caught onlookers and the art world by surprise.
But the anonymous artist has now suggested that things did not go quite to plan.
Mobile phone footage from the London sale shows the artwork sliding into a shredder hidden inside its frame, Before coming to an abrupt stop just over halfway through and being carried away by auction officials.
However, a new video, posted on Banksy’s website Wednesday, implies that the 2006 painting “Girl with Balloon” was supposed to be completely destroyed.
The clip is accompanied by the message, “In rehearsals it worked every time …”
The clip is accompanied by the message, “In rehearsals, it worked every time …”
Described as a “director’s cut,” the three-minute video offers further evidence of how the anonymous artist installed the shredder. The footage implies that the stunt was initiated via a handheld device, although it is unclear whether the close shot of a button was pressed was captured at the sale.
The video also appears to be fun at the art industry. Scenes seemingly recorded that a pre-sale event has been edited to feature snippets of conversation like “Oh gracious!” and “more Champagne?”
The artwork is seen being partially shredded before coming to an abrupt halt. Credit: ] Banksy
At one point, a man – who appears to be an auction house employee – is filmed standing beside the painting commenting on its now notorious frame.
“The artist put the frame on as well, “he is heard saying. “You get that quite often with Banksy. He likes the romanticism of having a very ornate, National Gallery-esque frame.”
It is unclear how – or by whom – the footage was obtained, and some sections appear to have been surreptitiously recorded. Scenes from inside the auction room have been shot from a number of different angles, fueling speculation about whether Banksy or his associates were present at the sale.
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Shortly after the auction, Sotheby’s announced that the painting had been renamed “Love is in the Bin.” The winning bidder has reportedly proceeded with the purchase, in spite of the fact that the artwork’s value may, in fact, rise as a result of its partial destruction.
Sotheby’s has previously denied involvement in – or even knowledge of – the stunt.