Earlier this month, the 2006 painting “Girl With Balloon” by Banksy was sold at auction in London for $1.4 million. But instead of a Sotheby’s employee taking the painting down, the painting took itself down when it spontaneously began to shred itself through the bottom of its frame. Banksy ha ha ha‘d at home while rich people looked on in a frozen state of horror as the painting dissolved into ribbons before stopping about halfway. It wasn’t known why Banksy chose to shred just the lower half of the painting. But we now know Banksy had some trolling trouble, and that frame was supposed to shred the whole thing.
Banksy recently released a director’s cut video of the making of the shredding frame, as well as footage from the auction. Banksy notes in the video that the frame worked perfectly every time they rehearsed it in the studio. At the 2:39 mark you can see the test picture slide straight through like spaghetti through the pasta attachment for a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Honestly Banksy, next time use the pasta attachment, those things are fool proof.
It’s kind of a good thing the stunt fucked up halfway through. That way you’re left with a janky frame and half a shredded painting hanging out of it, and who wants that? If it had worked, you’d be left with what could be considered a complete Banksy art installation, and you know all those rich art snobs would have jumped on that. “Okay, item 68 – a pile of shredded ribbons that used to be a Banksy painting. We’ll start the bidding at $1.5 million…”