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Volvo truck with Banksy's art expected to bring millions at auction

The mysterious graffiti artist painted the sides of a 1988 Volvo FL6 box truck in 2000 and appropriately called it Laugh Now but One Day We'll Be in Charge.

© Bonhams

By Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver

Perhaps the most expensive box truck in the world could be sold for as much as $2 million later this month. How is this remotely possible? you may be asking. It is, after all, just a box truck. That's where you're wrong. It’s not just a 1988 Volvo FL6 truck. It's a rolling piece of artwork hand-painted by renowned contemporary artist Banksy.

© Bonhams

The truck is slated to roll across the auction block on September 14 as part of the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction. The official name of the piece is a mouthful: Turbo Zone Truck (Laugh Now but One Day We'll Be in Charge). Laugh at the name, but not at the price, as the truck is expected to rake in between $1.3 million and $2 million.

The Volvo truck is the largest work from the artist, who painted it in 2000 in his famous graffiti-esque style. Bonhams states that "Taking the vehicle of the laborer, the workman, and the blue-collar employee as his blank canvas, the present motorcar and work of art revels in Banksy's raw and unfiltered wit; a masterclass of the artist's satirical humour and impressive dexterity with spray paint." We'd have to agree with Bonhams' assessment; it's somewhat ironic that a box truck sells for the equivalent of a Ferrari LaFerrari.

© Bonhams

This isn't the first commercial vehicle painted by Banksy, either; he also painted one known as SWAT Van, which sold for the equivalent of $263,874 at a 2016 Bonhams auction, so it's conceivable that the projected $2 million sale price is a bit inflated, but these are strange times. Who would've ever thought the most expensive Volvo to be sold would be a 1988 FL6? Definitely not us.

© Bonhams

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