Banksy, whose brilliant Balloon Girl destruction act has surely been bouncing around your timeline for days now, has now shared a purported behind-the-scenes video in which he suggests the piece was originally supposed to have been totally shredded to bits.
"In rehearsals it worked every time," a caption in the video, shared to Banksy's official site, claims. The clip concludes with footage from one of these purported test runs in which, yes, the entire piece is shredded by way of remote control. At the Sotheby's London auction in question, the piece was only partially shredded.
Of course, it should most certainly go without saying that—given the nature of Banksy's consistently great work—the video itself could be simply another layer to this historic Love Is in the Bin experience. Several people in the comments of the YouTube video, for example, have already noted that the construction footage at the beginning of the clip was likely staged.
"Some people think it didn't really shred," Banksy, or whoever's running this Instagram, later said. It did. Some people think the auction house were in on it, they weren't." Sotheby's has also denied any involvement in the work.