Banksy posted a new video on his website on Tuesday, suggesting that the partial destruction of his "Girl With Balloon" should be completed at a London auction.
The video shows the famous, anonymous artist who put the shredder mechanism in an ornate frame and pressed a button in a black box to activate the destruction at Sotheby's in London earlier this month. The act shocked the crowd, but the successful bidder, a European collector, went ahead and bought it anyway for $ 1.4 million, according to the auction house.
Sotheby & # 39; s did not call the buyer.
The partial annihilation attracted speculation The plot was a trick to increase the value of the painting of a young girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon. The canvas was shredded over the girl's head, leaving the balloon intact. At the end of the new video, it says, "The samples worked out every time …" Then a complete decomposition of the same design is shown.
The nearly three-minute video is called "Shred the Love, the Director's Cut." It shows hands and a hooded figure (Banksy likes hoodies), sets up the mechanism in a studio room, and then rolls before the auction outside to Sotheby & # 39; s. In front of the picture are people who sip champagne and nibble appetizers,
auction and partial shredding are shown, as well as the work taken off the wall and executed at Sotheby's the room.
Banksy has never revealed his full identity. He began his career spraying buildings in Bristol, England, and became one of the most recognizable artists in the world. His mischievous and often satirical images include two kissing policemen, an armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign saying, "Laugh now, but one day I'll be in charge." [1
His "Girl With Balloon" was originally stencilled on a wall in East London and was endlessly reproduced and became one of the most famous Pictures of Banksy.