Travellers set for massive Banksy windfall

Digard Auction

Two travellers will be quids in after they put a famous Banksy up for auction.

The famous street artist approached the pair in the late 90s, asking if he could create the artwork on the side of their lorry trailer.

They have now decided to part with the piece, known as Silent Majority, which is one of Banksy's earliest known pieces.

It is expected to sell for as much as £400,000 when it is sold at Digard Auction in Paris.

Speaking to the auction site, the unnamed sellers said: "The trailer has been our home since before Silent Majority was painted. We have travelled and lived in it as our home since and it has been seen around the country at various events, festivals and free parties.

"Created at the legendary Glastonbury Festival in 1998 Silent Majority is one of the oldest and most exceptional artworks by World-renowned street artist Banksy in collaboration with seminal graffiti artist Inkie."

"Silent Majority depicts figures dressed in military attire with armed forces helicopters following behind invading the viewer with a sound system and a DJ on an inflatable raft. The words "t's better not to rely too much on silent majorities...for silence is a fragile loud noise and it's gone"”is a political message that Banksy has come to be regarded for."

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