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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Cologne

  • 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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Graphite on paper.
55.9 x 38.1 cm. (22 x 15 in).
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Authentification Committee of the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

£8,000 - 10,000 

Sold for £10,000

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm