Almost two weeks after Banksy shared a short video via Instagram confirming that he was behind the shredding of his famous Girl With Balloon artwork while at auction, the artist has released a director’s cut video documenting the stunt.
The video, which you can watch above, gives a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the picture-shredding frame, as well as capturing the exact moment the artwork was shredded and the reactions of the well-to-do crowd gathered at Sotheby’s in London.
Banksy announced the release of the video via his Instagram account, writing in the caption, “Some people think it didn’t really shred. It did. Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren’t.”
The auction of Girl With Balloon attracted a winning bid of £860,000 (approximately $1.4 million once the buyer’s fee was factored in). Once the bidding had come to a close, an alarm started to sound and the artwork was destroyed by the shredder hidden in the frame. Staff then rushed the artwork out of the room with the picture half-shredded.
Interestingly, in the video, Banksy shows how in rehearsals the frame had successfully shredded the picture in its entirety. With this version of Girl With Balloon surviving in half-shredded form and hanging from the bottom of the frame, some valuers have suggested the picture is now worth more than what it sold for (the work has since been renamed Love Is in the Bin).
The artist previously revealed he had an “inside man” equipped with a button to activate the shredder remotely.
Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Now, here’s the Highsnobiety guide to New York City’s best galleries and book stores.