BASQUIAT BREAKS ALL AUCTION SALES AS TOP AMERICAN ARTIST

The painting achieved the highest auction price in history for a work by an American artist and reached a number of other milestones:

  • Most expensive work by an American artist sold at auction
  • Most expensive work by an artist of African descent sold at auction
  • Most expensive work made since 1980 sold at auction
  • Sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction
  • One of only 10 paintings in auction history to surpass $100 million

Only 21-years-old when he made the painting, Basquiat is also the youngest artist to eclipse the $100 million mark. (In 1905, Picasso was 24 when he painted “Garçon à la Pipe” (Boy With a Pipe),” which sold for $104.1 million at Sotheby’s in 2004.)

“Tonight, Jean-Michel Basquiat entered the pantheon of artists whose works have commanded prices over $100 million, including Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon, and Warhol,” said Grégoire Billault, head of the Contemporary Art Department at Sotheby’s New York. “This extraordinary canvas from 1982 has broken so many benchmarks …but those of us lucky enough to have been in its presence will only remember it’s awesome power. To think that it was created by a virtually-unknown 21-year old is humbling.”

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