Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled, 1982
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Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled, 1982

Painting

Unique

$110,500,000 | Sotheby's | 2017

Originally sold in 1984 for $19,000 to Jerry and Emily Spiegel.

In 2017, "Jean-Michel Basquiat became the most expensive American artist ever sold at auction Thursday when an azure-and-black untitled skull painting from 1982 was bought by the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa for $110.5 million after a ten-minute bidding war at Sotheby’s Postwar and Contemporary Evening Sale."

"The Basquiat is now the second most expensive contemporary work ever auctioned—bested only by Francis Bacon’s triptych Three Studies of Lucien Freud (1969), which sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s in November 2013—and the sixth most expensive work overall. The previous record for the most expensive work of art by an American was Andy Warhol’s Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), 1963, which sold for $105 million at Sotheby’s in November 2013." www.artnews.com/2017/05/18/record-breaking-110-5-…

Originally sold in 1984 for $19,000 to Jerry and Emily Spiegel.

In 2017, "Jean-Michel Basquiat became the most expensive American artist ever sold at auction Thursday when an azure-and-black… more

Collection of Yusaku Maezawa

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