Banksy's painting "Girl with Balloon" was passed through a shredder hidden in the frame just after it was sold, but the modified version has now been certified as a new piece of work in its own right, "Love is in the Bin". Image: AFP/Adrian Dennis
Shredder in partially destroyed Banksy ‘disabled’
Agence France-Presse / 05:57 PM February 05, 2019
The shredder that partially destroyed a Banksy canvas moments after it was sold at auction last year has been “disabled,” a German museum said on Monday, ahead of the piece going on display.
“We wanted to avoid having, in three or four days, a visitor who, just as in London hides a button… and the shredding continues,” said Henning Schaper, director of Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden.
The work, now called “Love is in the Bin”, will be shown on Tuesday for the first time since it was created in a theatrical stunt at Sotheby’s in London in October.
“We opened the frame, we looked at everything and we saw that the mechanism (the shredder) had been disabled,” said Schaper, without specifying who had done it.
Moments after the painting “Girl with Balloon” sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million or P73.3 million) a joint record for the maverick artist — it literally went through the shredder hidden in the frame.
The buyer went through with the purchase, and some art experts said it was probably now worth more than it had been before the stunt.
The work will be on display at the Frieder Burda museum for four weeks, until Mar. 3. MKH