Banksy’s famous SWAT Van is going up for auction in London at Bonhams next week. It was shown for the first and only time in an industrial warehouse in dowtown Los Angeles 10 years ago, when Banksy made his American debut with a solo exhibition. One side the Graffiti Van features a boy outsmarting a heavily-armed SWAT team, while on the other, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz is caught in a storm of graffiti. A defining piece in the illusive artist’s career, the van embodies both his trademark style and rebellious attitude he’s displayed since the beginning. The work will be installed in a courtyard outside Bonhams headquarters in central London ahead of the auction on 29 June. It comes with an estimate of at £200,000-300,000 GBP ($300,000-440,000 USD) and will be sold in an auction that also includes works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama. Head over to auction house Bonham’s website to learn more.
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