Elusive street artist Banksy wants his fans to know his $1.4 million painting really did self-destruct — and the auction house wasn’t in on it, he claimed Wednesday.
“Some people think it didn’t really shred. It did,” the recluse posted on Instagram. “Some people think the auction house were in on it. They weren’t,” he added.
Shortly after it was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London Oct. 5, the work “Girl with Balloon” slipped through the bottom of its frame and sliced itself into pieces in front of stunned onlookers.
The dark-humored satirist then announced online that the scraps had been renamed “Love is in the Bin.”
But the stunt may have caused the work’s value to skyrocket — leading many cynics to believe the anti-establishment artist was in cahoots with the auction house.
Some have also speculated that Banksy intended to leave part of the canvas intact to intentionally raise the work’s value.
But the famously anonymous artist posted a video Wednesday on his website implying the work should have been completely destroyed.
A hooded figure can be seen constructing the mechanism in a studio during the nearly 3-minute clip titled “Shredding the Girl and Balloon — The Director’s Cut.” Then the auction and partial shredding are shown.
“In rehearsals it worked every time…,” the video notes.
The piece’s buyer, a European bidder, chose to keep the work.
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