Basquiat’s Warrior, 1982 – sold at Christie’s, Hong Kong

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) began as a New York graffiti artist at the age of 17 before his career took off and his early death at 28.  The painting, made in 1982 at a time when Basquiat considered he produced his best works, shows a full-length male figure wielding a sword and ready to strike.  The silhouette is marked out in spray paint and oil stick, with the body filled in with layers of acrylic.

Sold by on-line auction in Christie’s We are all Warriors: The Basquiat Auction in Hong Kong: 23 March 2021

Sold for HK$323,600,000 (US$41,857,351 – to become the most expensive Western artwork ever sold in Asia

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© KidsArt Limited, 2021.  Image: Jean-Michel Basquiat Warrior, 1982 (detail) –183 x 122 cm (72″ x 48″)