The Arts

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Storied Paintings Sell Big At Auction.

Unseen photo of young Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Almost three decades since his passing, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work remains a permanent fixture in our art consciousness. In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a social activist, an anti-segregationist, a pop icon, cultural figure, graffiti artist, musician, and neo-expressionist painter.

The American painter known for his raw gestural style of painting that mixed graffiti and signs with an intuitive approach of Abstract Expressionist paintings addressed his personal angst in highly stylized self-portraits and he condemned racism and segregation in America.

Recently his paintings have been flying off the walls at auction, snapped up by global collectors sometimes double the estimate. Japanese billionaire art collector, Yusaku Maezawa purchased Basquiat’s Untitled skull painting at auction for over 100 million dollars saying he wants to “share that experience with as many people as possible” by owning it.

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat’s body of work focuses on black culture and African American historical figures, including jazz musicians, sports personalities, and writers. He appropriated and freely mixed motifs from African, Caribbean, Aztec, and Hispanic cultures and mixed pop art references with images from mainstream culture, especially cartoons to create genuinely unique artworks that continue to inspire artists around the world.


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Here are four Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings sold in the past year or are now on auction.


Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat, $110.5 Million

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 painting Untitled bought for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s (May, 2017) by Japanese billionaire art collector, Yusaku Maezawa. The painting is the sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction.

Jim Crow by Jean-Michel Basquiat, $17.7 Million

Jim Crow by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold at Christie’s auction house in October 2017 for $17.7 Million.

Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat, $893,276

Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for more than double its April 2018 for almost $900,000.

Now on auction: Multi flavors by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Estimate: $13,000,000 – $20,000,000

Multi flavors by Jean-Michel Basquiat is currently on auction at Christie’s auction house at an estimate: $13,000,000 – $20,000,000

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