Shredding the Girl and Balloon - The Director’s half cut

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Luca Discacciati : Very good marketing idea. I am sorry banksy, but you are part of the game.

The Dark Power : At 00:16 the guy is holding the hot bit of the soldering iron....!

thecultguy : This crowd, these people seem so alien, it's unreal.

John Ta : God level trolling. Brilliant

Jacob Cacho : Director’s *_Cut_*

daniel nogueira : 0:45 “yeah so the artist put the frame on as well. We get that quite often with Banksy, you know. He quite likes the romanticism of, you know, having a very ornate, national gallery-esque frame” 0:55 HAHAHAHAHA

James Blunt : 0:17 holding the hot end of a soldering iron? 🙄

Small Bore & Two Wheels : "The director's cut". What a perfect name

Matt Paruszkiewicz : i think its even cooler that its still halfway in the frame, i hope the new owner hangs it exactly how it is

Grant's Gear : 1:05 "That's the fun of auctions, everyone's got a chance" Followed by a cut to the estimated price of £200,000 - £300,000.

noisyturtle : 00:58 did anyone else see that alien creature extend its appendage and quickly snap up that bit of meat from the platter going by?

P.O.S. : *your finger ok though? after burning it on the soldering iron*

Odiseo : That fake scene with the controller tho 2:04

Ysocrate : Pranksy 🤭

J. Romero : So this is whole thing was obviously a set up with Sotheby's knowledge: (i) when you pick the frame up, there must be a big slit in the bottom for the painting to come through, through which the cutting blades and shredding mechanism would be visible. No way you miss that when inspecting the frame. (ii) the painting was made in 2006 and given away and we are supposed to believe that after TWELVE YEARS it has a battery that has enough power to receive a radio signal AND actually shred the painting - no chance, unless someone (i.e Sotheyby's...) let him replace the battery from time to time. (iii) if the shredder was triggered by a standard radio remote control, surely in 12 years it would have picked up a stray radio signal that would have set it off? Unless he made a bespoke encrypted transmitter or something (which seems unlikely).So no way it would have lasted 12 years. (iv) the painting was hung on the wall at the auction - normally Sotheby's put paintings like this on a stand. Why treat this "ordinary" painting any differently? (v) the painting was sold at the end of the auction. Coincidence? Maybe...but slightly suspicious. Also the "making of" video is also fake, given that: (a) at 17 seconds in he is holding a soldering iron BY THE HOT END (b) this video was allegedly made in 2006 and filmed in 720p resolution....again not impossible, but cause for suspicion.

leokimvideo : The anti art industry leader has surrendered his position in one push of a button

Joop : I just painted a boy with a kite, looks almost the same.. Anyone interested? I can cut it for you as well..

EggOfReason : nice. Face reveal at 10 billion subscribers?

jamielondres : This is a recent video. That is a JMT Lithium Motorcycle Battery, which was only released in 2014. The picture is supposed to have been created in 2006. Either this video has been created for 'demonstration purposes', or the original picture was swapped out with the one in this video. Discuss.

The Defpom's Repair Channel : So fake, at 0:17 obviously never used a soldering iron in his life... love the artistic concept of the picture though... but don’t fake how you made it, if you are going to do behind the scenes, at least do ACTUAL footage.

Randyy1 : Well this just confirms that Banksy is a collective, rather than just a single person.

lukeschillin : Does highlight how ugly the character of the "art world" is. Smug, greasy, rich trash.

Shaun Hughes Hand Engraving : You persuaded me. I thought it was a bit fake at first.

Harm Hoeks : Reliable Engineering is hard! Be proud of your local engineer/craftsmen!

momagraf : The "same audience" that appears in the video where Sid Vicious plays My Way

Ciccio Pasticcio : Cool, really impressive! Just a thing, that's not the correct way to use a Soldering Iron :p

Bad Goy : Could've been a bomb.

Amazon62 : Yeah, and Sotheby's didn't know. Uhu..

ENSUE : There is no way that the auction house wasn't suspicious of the weight and thickness of the frame. Shredders of that size are VERY heavy, especially if you have to add a battery. Use to be my teenage year idol, now he's taking us all for a spin.

Harrysound : I also have a shredder that refuses to shred a complete piece of paper....bloody thing.

Dan Bailey : Even though Banksy likes to make it look like he's trolling these people he's the one fuelling it. He's no different to Kanye West selling trainers for insane amounts of money but, as much as I dislike West, at least he's not pretending to hate greed. Banksy got the best part of a million pounds for a picture that can't have taken more than a few minutes to knock up, then he accuses companies that advertise on billboards of being intrusive. Doesn't he deface public and private property with images that nobody asked to see? The hypocrisy is strong here, Robert. Enjoy counting your millions...

Peter Casas : someone's gonna be spending an awful lot of time reviewing Sotheby's surveillance footage for probably nothing.

Nick Bernstein : Couldn’t think of a better way to troll the bourgeois. Well done.

rockguitar2012 : Ha, so that's what was meant to happen! I bet you were gutted it didn't work on the day. It still caused quite the reaction anyway though. Such a cool idea!

Adlin Ling : When something is rare, people will pay a lot of money for it. Unless it is a medical condition.

Luca : Is this supposed to prove the auction house were not in on it? I don't think it does... I find it cool though.

Peter Anselmo : weeks later and i'm still laughing...

Alév Debord : Banksy is the only one that gives me hope into something, with his ideas, his art, his actions! Thanks for showing me that art is just another way to produce change, a change that we really need in this society; just thanks Banksy.

Huse O'Filme : Tyler Durden exhumed...

Agnello Figueiredo : Laughing all the way to the bank, see?

Martin Andersen : Not sure what to make of this whole stunt, but I like it! In the end, it doesn't matter if Sotheby's was involved or if parts of the video was faked, or if it was meant to stop half way; as a stunt and a prank and as performance art, it worked remarkably well. People who call him a street artist miss the point that while he's used street art, and started out that way, he moved well beyond that years ago, even if he employs art on the street still and use the medium of stencil prints and spray paint at times. "Pure" graffiti artists may hate him for selling out, or just for being successful, but then he was never a graffiti artist. The whole Robbo thing was hilarious to watch. His mockumentary "exit through the gift shop" raises more questions than it answers, and is fascinating on multiple levels, seeming to prank the viewer, as it gets increasingly bizarre. These two clips are mere pieces to a puzzle he chooses to show us with what appears to be deliberate red herrings, perhaps to see who pays attention, such as the knife blades laid flat on the back as seen in the first video and briefly in this one which appear to have no function, and in this video holding the soldering iron wrong. He never claims to have built it himself, though clearly somebody did, so he could easily have filmed whoever did, as clearly a degree of engineering and workmanship has gone into building it. The new owner could easily open it up to see how it is put together, but that would devalue a now extremely expensive work of art, which is both a visual and performance piece now. To that end, stopping halfway worked in it's favour, and seems designed that way, even if this video claims it wasn't. It's become part of art history now, whatever it's intention. Of course, while it is said it was bought from Banksy in 2006, who is to say that itself is not a red herring and is a recent piece, the filming is professional and digital. As others have pointed out, it is unlikely a batterypack that size hooked into a wireless receiver could last 12 year on standby. Then again, the video claims it wasn't meant to stop halfway. It doesn't really matter, it all adds to the mystery, and people love mysteries and following clues and spotting red herrings. Great art makes you think and question, and this piece certainly did that, whatever the truth of it's creation is. I wouldn't be at all surprised if years from now a group of people came forth admitting that Banksy is not one person, but a composite character used by all of them as one giant performance piece, hence outwitting anyone trying to figure out who he is.

Wectum Wecker : What if it was a Bomb instead of a shredder?...

Hans meme kinᶃ : For some reason all i want to know is why the shredder stopped half way

killercaos123 : How did the battery last that long just waiting there?

Michele Kannel : Hello mystery man,,

Sébastien Kauffmann : yeah right that Sotheby's wasn't aware of the prank. The frame is about a foot deep. And the frame must have weighed a ton compared to a frame holding a sheet of paper .. And at the amount of art they carry per day, they for sure knew something was fishy with this frame ...Nice Prank Sotheby's

Michael McBoogers : One dislike from the buyer 😂

panccio : dont they run all this art through x-ray or something? seems unlikely that they dont take those precautions

Ricky Simpson : Fake news, Sotheby's were in on it all along. They would've had to have checked it for authenticity, which means taking it out of its frame or inspecting it at the very least.

W.A. van Buren : Would have liked a better look at the mechanism and power supply.