When Banksy self-destructs his own painting at auction, you know the sheer publicity will catapult the value of the work to near-stratospheric levels. But what about when Banksy halfway self-destructs his own panting? Because the self-shredding “Girl With Balloon” that made headlines worldwide this month actually malfunctioned during its stunt.
After the mysterious street artist pulled what’s surely one of the most outlandish and expensive arts pranks of all time, the work was actually renamed and re-certified by Sotheby’s while retaining its hefty million-plus purchase price.
The piece self-destructed at auction via a paper shredder inserted into the frame. But it only tore about halfway through. Now, a new “Director’s Cut” video shows that the illustration was designed to fully shred, as one could reasonably assume:
On the Banksy painting’s initial destruction, many seemed curious about what would happen next. Is it ruined? Is the buyer angry? Then, Sotheby’s released a statement announcing the painting to be revived as a new work.
Per the statement, the shredded piece was said to be getting a makeover in title and certification. The image formerly known as “Girl With Balloon” has been renamed “Love Is In The Bin.” We assume the thing remains half-shredded.
The reported buyer, described as “a female European collector” and “a long-standing client of Sotheby’s,” apparently still purchased the destroyed piece of art for around the same price that she originally bid during the now-famous auction.
According to The Verge, the buyer commented, “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.”
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