Video of the Week: Banksy's graffiti'd urban 'street art' truck



2015-06-26 12:36:03

Video of the Week: Banksy's graffiti'd urban 'street art' truck

A limited Banksy spray paint and emulsion work, Mosquito, as auctioned at a posh London hotel

Paul Fraser Collectibles,Wednesday 12 October2011

Banksy's blockbuster 2009 exhibition in Paul Fraser Collectibles hometown of Bristol, UK, featured an ice cream van customised in the anonymous street artist's own inimitable style - and an even more ambitious artwork appeared at London's posh Cumberland Hotel, earlier this week.

Billed as a unique Banksy "installation", the piece is actually an articulated lorry, fully stencilled by Banksy raise awareness of the Urban Contemporary Art exhibition running inside the hotel.

The event included a sale featuring eight original Banksy artworks, alongside other noted urban at stars including French stencil maestro Blek Le Rat and graffiti artist D*Face.

Star results in the sale included French artist Speedy Graphito's piece Mario Street, 2011, which sold for 13,000 over its 10,000-12,000 estimate. Elsewhere, British artist Charming Baker'sPanda Boy Remixsold for 35,000 having been estimated at just 8,000.

banksy-side-of-van Van-dalism... Part of Banksy's artwork on the side of the lorry

The above video gives a closer look at the lorry, and features in an interview with Mojo, an old friend of the Banksy who helped deviseBanksy's "Turbo Zone Truck"piece.

Meanwhile, art collectors still can't get enough of Banksy with high-profile fans including Hollywood stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Other big Banksy sales this year include in September 2011 at Bonhams' much-anticipated Urban Art sale in London. The artist's piece Monkey Detonator from 2000 sold for 97,250 ($152,377), nicely over its 70,000-90,000 estimate.

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