Banksy’s SWAT Van
Going under the hammer.
One of Banksy’s most stand-out artworks is going to auction.
The artist’s SWAT Van — which is literally a former SWAT team vehicle painted by the artist — is an illustration of a little boy about to prank a SWAT team on one side, and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz standing among heavy tagging and graffiti on the other. It also includes the kind of subtle details that have become the artist’s trademark, such as a bumper sticker asking “How’s my bombing?”
The work is a swipe at US SWAT teams — police units used in specialized operations such as dealing with gunmen.
The artwork will go on sale at Bonhams on June 29 and is estimated at £200,000–300,000 ($290,000–430,000).