Among the gleaming Bugattis, Aston Martins and Porsches at one of the UK’s premier car auctions next month will be a 17-tonne truck with a price tag to match them all.
Bonhams has announced it is selling what can arguably be called Banksy’s largest art work at its Goodwood Revival sale on 14 September.
The truck was covered with graffiti by Banksy in 2000, when he was still very much under the art world’s radar. While a used Volvo FL6 box truck might cost a buyer somewhere in the low thousands of pounds, this one is estimated at between £1m-1.5m.
Ralph Taylor, Bonhams head of postwar and contemporary art, said he was thrilled to have the work in the sale.
“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,” Taylor said.
“The composition bears all the hallmarks of this peerless agent provocateur.”
The artist was at an open-air party in Spain to celebrate the millennium when he was presented with the truck by Mojo, the co-founder of Turbozone International Circus.
He started on the truck during the party and continued to work on it for a fortnight. It was then used, for years, as the company’s transport around Europe and as far away as South America.
The truck is called Turbo Zone Truck (Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be in Charge). It is funny and anarchic and has flying monkeys, soldiers running away from a cannon and a man about to smash a TV screen with a hammer.
Bonhams said the over-riding message of the piece was anarchy – “it’s us against them and we’re going to win.”.
It will be sold by the auction house on the Goodwood estate in West Sussex, the ancestral home of the Duke of Richmond, founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.
One of the more traditional highlights of the 14 September sale is an ultra-rare 935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Faux Cabriolet. It also has an estimate of £1m-1.5m.
Three years ago Bonhams sold a Banksy Swat van which he created for his break out Barely Legal show in Los Angeles. It fetched £218,500.