Jean-Michel Basquiat died way too soon, but his art lives on, expensively. A huge painting created by the late Haitian artist sold on Tuesday for $57.3M.
Per Raw Story, the large self-portrait was purchased by an Asian collector who copped it via the Christie auction house. The untitled piece was created in Italy in 1982 and its dimensions are 16′ x 7′.
The price tag is a new record for a Basquiat work.The previous high was for “Dustheads” which was purchased for $48.8M back in 2013.
Also in 2013, Jay Z purchased a Baquiat painting for a cheaper but still rather hefty $4.5M.
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