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  • Provenance

    Annina Nosei Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, France (acquired in 1985)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I was a really lousy artist as a kid. Too abstract expressionist; or I'd draw a big ram's head, really messy. I'd never win painting contests. I remember losing to a guy who did a perfect Spiderman. I really wanted to be the best artist in the class, but my work had a really ugly edge to it.” – Jean-Michel Basquiat

  • Artist Biography

    Jean-Michel Basquiat

    American • 1960 - 1988

    One of the most famous American artists of all time, Jean-Michel Basquiat first gained notoriety as a subversive graffiti-artist and street poet in the late 1970s. Operating under the pseudonym SAMO, he emblazoned the abandoned walls of the city with his unique blend of enigmatic symbols, icons and aphorisms. A voracious autodidact, by 1980, at 22-years of age, Basquiat began to direct his extraordinary talent towards painting and drawing. His powerful works brilliantly captured the zeitgeist of the 1980s New York underground scene and catapulted Basquiat on a dizzying meteoric ascent to international stardom that would only be put to a halt by his untimely death in 1988. 

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Untitled

1981
oilstick on paper
12 5/8 x 9 1/2 in. (32.1 x 24.1 cm)
Numbered "3574" on the reverse.
This work is registered under inventory number 3574 in the Annina Nosei Gallery Archive, Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University, New York.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $173,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 10 May 2016