Banksy's graffiti-covered lorry to fetch more than £1 million at auction

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The 1988 Volvo could become the most expensive lorry ever, thanks to Banksy

Saturday, 31st August 2019, 21:43 pm Updated Friday, 6th September 2019, 16:36 pm The Banksy graffiti-covered 1988 FL6 Volvo truck which is up for auction. (Photo: SWNS)

A 30-year-old lorry that was covered in graffiti by the artist Banksy is expected to raise more than GBP1 million when it is sold at auction. The  1988 Volvo FL6 truck is expected to fetch the gargantuan sum at auction next month. Initially sprayed by the elusive creator under spotlights at a millennium party in Spain, the 17-tonne vehicle was then completed by hand over the next two weeks.

It toured Europe and South America in the years that followed while owned by a pyrotechnics company.

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Noteworthy vehicle

Now being sold by auction house Bonhams, it is described as “both a prodigious work of art and a noteworthy vehicle with an incredible story”. The blurb continues: “Awash with images of anarchy and unruly subjects, Turbo Zone Truck (Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge) wonderfully illustrates a variety of Banksy’s most prominent and sought-after characters, from the winged monkeys and SWAT teams, to the short lyrics that decorate the lorry’s side.

“Icons that have appeared in many iterations throughout Banksy’s career – on buildings, canvases and editions – the present Volvo FL6 features what are believed to be some of the first emergences of these images and words that are so characteristic of his practice.” The graffiti-covered 1988 FL6 truck is expected to fetch a huge sum at auction next month (Photo: SWNS) The lorry has been signed twice in stencil by Banksy and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The guide price is between GBP1M and GBP1.5M (EUR1.1M and EUR1.7M). A typical used Volvo lorry would likely cost a buyer a few thousand pounds, if that. The item goes on sale on September 14 at Goodwood Revival, a three-day event held in Chichester, West Sussex.

‘Can’t believe you buy this sh*t’

It’s not the only Banksy set to go on sale next month. Auction house Christie’s is hosting an online auction featuring more than 30 Banksy prints, titled: “Banksy: I can’t believe you morons actually buy this sh*t.”

The auction house explained that the auction is “cheekily titled in homage to” a Banksy print Morons, which bears the same slogan.

A screenprint of that work is expected to fetch GBP12,000 to GBP18,000, while an artist proof of Girl with Balloon could fetch GBP70,000.

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