Banksy reveals 'Girl With Balloon' shredding stunt malfunctioned in mysterious video

Banksy has appeared to suggest that a £1 million painting which was partially shredded immediately after it was sold at auction was supposed to have been cut up completely.

Sotheby's confirmed that the buyer, a long-standing female client of the prestigious auction house, had agreed to buy the work for the price agreed at auction.

The pic with a snapchat eye-emoji on it shows a man in a white scarf, wearing some kind of a wrist band or watch, hat and black glasses with some device on him allegedly in the same Sotheby's room where the shredding took place.

Banksy makes the reveal in a video posted on Wednesday, explaining that in practice runs before the auction, the entire painting was shredded to bits, leaving an empty frame and a pile of scraps.

In the video posted Tuesday, Banksy shows himself constructing the shredding mechanism inside a frame.

Theories have spread over how he carried out the stunt - and the artist has now released a new video showing some of the secrets.

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The footage shows how a button was pressed to trigger an alarm from the painting, as part of it was sliced into strips.

His Girl With Balloon was bought for £1.04 million by a European art collector - but nearly as soon as the hammer fell, the canvas was passed through a secret shredder hidden in the large Victorian-style frame, leaving the bottom half in tatters and only a solitary red balloon left on a white background in the frame.

The artist defended the shredding with a quote from Picasso: "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge". It has since been rechristened Love Is in the Bin, and the artist-the likely consignor-has since reissued a certificate of authenticity.

The woman who bought the piece at the auction went ahead with the purchase.

"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", the unnamed purchaser said, per Sotheby's.

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