Jean-Michel Basquiat - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist)
    Private Collection, Ontario
    Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, November 12, 2002, lot 243
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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 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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Vehement Alley Cats

signed "BASQUIAT" lower center
oilstick on paper
21 x 17 1/2 in. (53.3 x 44.5 cm)
Executed circa 1982, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Authentication Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Estimate
$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $69,300

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022