This Volvo lorry Banksy used as a canvas is due to sell for an eye-watering price

A 30-year-old Volvo lorry is set to sell for more than GBP1million – after Bristol street artist Banksy used it as a canvas. The graffiti-covered 1988 FL6 truck is expected to fetch a huge sum at auction next month – making it one of the most expensive lorries ever. Initially sprayed by the elusive creator under spotlights at a millennium party in Spain, the 17-tonne vehicle was then completed by hand during the next two weeks.

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

It is now being sold by auction house Bonhams, and is described as ‘both a prodigious work of art and a noteworthy vehicle with an incredible story’.

Ralph Taylor, Bonhams Global Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, said: “Banksy is arguably the most important artist to have emerged since the millennium and this, his largest commercial work, represents a new high watermark of quality for works of his to appear at auction. “The composition bears all the hallmarks of this peerless agent provocateur.”

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The blurb about the lot says: “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.”

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The lorry has been signed twice in stencil by Banksy and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

The guide price is between GBP1million and GBP1.5million.

A 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.

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