Myth Busting Banksy — Artnome


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I believe that while Sotheby’s was likely not fully aware of what was going to happen, they had a suspicion that something was up and played along for the sake of theater. To minimize the disruption, they put the Banksy work last, but until the shredded work scrolled out the bottom of the frame, the exact nature of the prank was not clear to them. I suspect that Sotheby’s knowledge was limited to knowing something harmless was up that potentially could benefit them as a PR stunt.

It would be analogous to Banksy holding a giant sign with tape on it and Sotheby’s noticing this and graciously winking and turning around so it could be placed on their back. Sotheby’s then acted surprised when others pointed out that the sign read “kick me” and claimed to have been “Banksy’d” and then soaked up the press.  
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3 days ago by terry
Myth Busting Banksy -- The recent incident around Banksy embedding a shredder into the frame of his Girl With A Balloon has caught the world’s attention. via Pocket on October 11, 2018 at 01:18PM
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4 days ago by dueyfinster
The recent incident around Banksy embedding a shredder into the frame of his Girl With A Balloon has caught the world’s attention. As a nerd obsessed with the…
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5 days ago by DanTylkowski
i am so entertained by the amount of thought put into investigating this silly gag
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5 days ago by yewknee
The recent incident around Banksy embedding a shredder into the frame of his Girl With A Balloon has caught the world’s attention. As a nerd obsessed with the…
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5 days ago by ildave
The recent incident around Banksy embedding a shredder into the frame of his Girl With A Balloon has caught the world’s attention. As a nerd obsessed with the…
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6 days ago by jdelStrother
I believe that while Sotheby’s was likely not fully aware of what was going to happen, they had a suspicion that something was up and played along for the sake of theater. To minimize the disruption, they put the Banksy work last, but until the shredded work scrolled out the bottom of the frame, the exact nature of the prank was not clear to them. I suspect that Sotheby’s knowledge was limited to knowing something harmless was up that potentially could benefit them as a PR stunt.
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6 days ago by cynddl
Maneker wrote that Sotheby’s often receives works with “artists frames” with instruction that the work and the frame must stay intact. Sotheby’s commented that they had assumed the gaudy frame was just one more attempt by Banksy to poke fun at the establishment.

But what about the slot at the bottom where the painting was spooled out? There is no evidence in the video of a trap door, and as my brother Matt pointed out, the shreds would lack the structural integrity to be pushed out a paper-thin slot. Wouldn’t the slot have been rather large and rather obvious to the experts at Sotheby’s inspecting the work? And then there is the weight of the frame. This thing must have been super heavy with batteries and sheet metal inside, even for its enormous size… yet somehow it made it through inspection?
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6 days ago by janpeuker
A great analysis behind the Banksy shredder. Legit prank or complicit staging? by
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6 days ago by moresby
I'd like to know what actually triggered the "shredder" to activate? Someone with a remote control? A sound? If it was sound-activated, wouldn't it have accidentally activated itself earlier? Most likely someone in the crowd activated the "shredder." But whooooo?
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6 days ago by mattmaldre