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Basquiat plans to Make Auction Debut in May

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Basquiat plans to Make Auction Debut in May

Basquiat Auction Debut: Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker unveiled a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat. On May 12th, the house will offer for sale in its New York contemporary art evening sale.

Basquiat’s painting Titled Versus Medici (1982). The painting will expect to sell at $35 million – $50 million. However, it will remain the most expensive works by the artist ever sold at the sale.

Basquiat plans to Make Auction Debut in May

As analyzing the Painting, the artist has used visual language. The painting was previously in the collection of Stephane Janssen. He had acquired it from Larry Gagosian on a visit to Basquiat in 1982.

According to the reports, the title of the piece references the Renaissance-era Medici family. It has some of the signs Basquiat motifs. Like, a full skeletal figure, a crown, anatomical drawings, and scrawled phrases in the background. Those could obtain desired by collectors.

In Versus Medici, Basquiat combines the political and art history as he wittingly phases a statement with the Westering and activating the allowed rules of art history in order to break them.


Art is an international language understood by all.


The artist was painting when he was 22 years old. Since 1990, the painting becomes in the same private collections. However, it has never been sold at auction.

As of the source, in 1990, The Versus Medici artwork did purchase by the late Belgian art collector Stephane Janssen. He remains an early promoter of the CoBrA movement. The Belgian art collector was bought it from Larry Gagosian.

Further, in 2017, the work continued to feature in the exhibition Intuition at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice.

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