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Banksy's 'Director's Cut' of His $1.4M Art Getting Shredded at Auction

Banksy's 'Director's Cut' of His $1.4M Art Getting Shredded at Auction

One of Banksy's best known works, "The Girls With the Balloon" self-destructed moments after it fetched $1.4 million at a Sotheby's auction in London.

The ever-elusive Banksy has released a new video detailing the now infamous shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" painting - which was auctioned off at Sothebys earlier this month.

At Sotheby's, however, the spray-paint and acrylic on canvas only went halfway through the shredder.

A hooded figure can be seen constructing the mechanism in a studio during the almost 3-minute clip titled "Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director's Cut". 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.

An unnamed collector bought the piece which, including a buyer's premium, cost £1m.

In the video, we see a person (presumably Banksy) constructing the picture frame from scratch - shredder included - before transitioning to the Sotheby's action, complete with candid recordings.

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It wasn't until the next day that they found the boy's father, who lived next door to the home where the child was abandoned. In one hand, she holds two bags, and in the other, she grips the hand of a 2-year-old boy with his feet off the ground.

A stunned crowd gasped and looked on and the painting was swiftly removed.

Viewers are then shown a clip where an artwork was completely shredded, leaving the frame wholly empty.

He later shared footage of shocked auction attendees reacting to the stunt alongside the Picasso quote, "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge".

Speaking to The Art Newspaper, Branczik explained: "Pest Control [Banksy's authentication board] said very clearly: the frame is integral to the art work". After all, how could such an embedded device have eluded conservators and auction house specialists?

Commenting on the stunt, street-art curator Roger Gastman, who has worked with the artist, said, "Banksy continues to amaze me with his ingenuity", adding, "He continues prove that you can be a great artist 100 percent on your own terms".