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Skint Brit in Banksy wall truck smash

PUBLISHED: 14:09 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

PENNILESS British artist Ben Young is reported to have accidentally driven a pickup truck in Los Angeles last night (Thurs) into the wall of a downtown Hollywood gas station. The truck smashed right into a valuable Banksy piece depicting a homeless person with a placard displaying a question mark, says East London’s Decima Gallery where he is due to exhibit this month

PENNILESS British artist Ben Young is reported to have accidentally driven a pickup truck in Los Angeles last night (Thurs) into the wall of a downtown Hollywood gas station.

Unknown to Young at the time, the truck he was driving had smashed right into a valuable Banksy piece depicting a homeless person with a placard displaying a question mark, says a statement today from East London's Decima Gallery where he is due to exhibit.

Young was only slightly bruised in the collision, we're told, but the Banksy wall piece was said to be a 'write off'.

Skint Brit Young and his American girlfriend, owner of the truck, tried to salvage pieces of the graffiti masterpiece to auction at Bonham's, but later decided it was more trouble than it was worth and "went home to get stoned and have sex instead," according to the gallery.

Young, described as 'mainly a painter,' is exhibiting at Decima Gallery in Hackney Wick this month, alongside such well-known artists as Gilbert & George, Bob & Roberta Smith and Gavin Turk. He is currently in the US for his show at White Box in New York.

http://www.decimagallery.com

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