This Old Volvo Truck Graffitied by Banksy Could Fetch Millions At Auction

The secretive street artist transformed a 17-ton truck into one of his biggest pieces ever.
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While attending a New Year’s Eve party in Spain in 1999, famed street artist Banksy began painting a 17-ton 1988 Volvo FL6 truck that he completed in early 2000, which remains one of his largest pieces to date.

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Bonhams is now set to sell the truck at the Goodwood Revival Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia auction later this month.

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The piece is titled Turbo Zone Truck (Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge, and “is a mobile testament to Banksy's longstanding, breakthrough vandalism of art's old-hat approach to painting on canvas and paintings in galleries,” according to Bonham’s description.

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The truck features winged monkeys, swat officers, gas masks, a group of soldiers running away from a cannon, “Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge“ sprayed on the side, and Banksy’s stenciled signature in two places.

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It was originally owned by Banksy’s friend Mojo and was actually used for years and toured through Europe and South America with the Turbozone International Circus, which is a traveling company that’s apparently known for its pyrotechnics.

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Turbo Zone Truck will go up for auction on September 14, and is expected to get bids of over $1.3 million, with some estimates topping $2 million. 

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This isn't the first vehicle painted by Banksy. The shadowy British artist also painted one known as SWAT Van, which sold for $263,874 at a 2016 Bonhams auction.