Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

See Banksy Reveal How He Made Shredder Frame for Infamous Art Stunt

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Freda Brock | 11 October, 2018, 17:33

Banksy, who has never disclosed his full identity, began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists.

Girl With Balloon, one of Banksy's most widely recognised works, was auctioned by Sotheby's in London on Friday night. Prior to its shredding, the framed "Girl with Balloon" - spray paint and acrylic on canvas mounted on board - depicted a girl reaching out toward a bright red, heart-shaped balloon.

There's no word on how the shredder started operating at the key moment after the auction, though it could have been activated by a remote mechanism.

Banksy was also claimed to have been pictured this year after one of his work's appeared on the disused Scott Street Bridge in Hull.

Contemporary Art marketplace MyArtBroker.com polled over 1,400 members of the British public to measure the popularity of the anonymous England-based street artist.

Moments after the last hammer hit the podium, a shredder stealthily installed in the frame ribboned the painting, as stunned bidders watched in shock (a few in amusement) and assistants struggled to get the work off the wall and prevent further damage. Some art-market watchers say the work could be worth even more in its shredded state.

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Banksy's works have often commented on the ridiculous nature of the contemporary art world, and the increasingly high values of his own works.

The clip shows a hooded figure putting finishing touches on the shredder, before text appears on the screen saying: "In case it was ever put up for auction".

A buyer would not normally be expected to go through with the purchase if a work is damaged while in the care of an auction house.

Social media users found Banksy's own heist method also to be "F**king brilliant!", posting support messages next to his Instagram video post.

The post, and reports of a man dressed in black sunglasses and a hat scuffling with security guards near the entrance to Sotheby's shortly after the incident, led to speculation the artist was present to trigger it.

The Art Newspaper's correspondent Anny Shaw, who was in the auction room, said that while the shredding may have been an "inside job" it certainly looked like a surprise.

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