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July 25, 2021

Top 10 Most Expensive Jean-Michel Basquiat Paintings

In his short life, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a pop icon, cultural figure, graffiti artist, musician, and neo-expressionist painter. He was a precocious child, and by the age of four, he could both read and write. By the time he was eleven, he was fluent in English, French, and Spanish. And by the time was fifteen, he ran away from home, living for less than a week in Washington Square Park, after which he was arrested and sent back home to live with his father. He dropped out of school in tenth grade, after which his father kicked him out of the house, leaving the young artist to live with friends, supporting himself by selling T-shirts and homemade postcards.

Most expensive Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings

In the 1970s Basquiat began to spray painting buildings in Lower Manhattan, using the pseudonym SAMO, earning him notoriety and a certain amount of fame. He appeared on television in 1979 on the sow “TV Party,” and that same year formed a rock band called “Gray,” which performed all throughout New York. During this time, he also appeared in the music video “Rapture” by Blondie.

By 1982, he was regularly showing his work and had many high-profile friendships, including a brief relationship with Madonna, a brief involvement with the musician David Bowie, and long-time collaboration with the artist Andy Warhol. He worked on his paintings in $1,000 dollar Armani suits, in which he would appear in public, spattered in paint. He also appeared on the cover of New York Times Magazine in 1986.

Although he was a successful artist, Basquiat became addicted to heroin, and after the death of his friend Andy Warhol in 1987, his addiction became worse. Be became increasingly isolated, and died of a heroin overdose in 1988. Posthumously, many exhibitions of his works have been held, and biopics, books, collections of poems and feature films have all been inspired by his work and life.

Here is top 10 most expensive Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings.

1. Untitled (1982) - $110.5 million (2017).

Untitled (1982)

2. Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump (1982) - $100 million (2020).

Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump (1982)

3. In This Case (1983) - $93.1 million (2021).

In This Case (1983)

4. Untitled (Devil) (1982) - $57.3 million (2016).

Untitled (Devil) (1982)

5. Versus Medici (1982) - $50.8 million (2021).

Versus Medici (1982)

6. Dustheads (1982) - $48.8 million (2013).

Dustheads (1982)

7. Flexible (1984) - $45.3 million (2018).

Flexible (1984)

8. Warrior (1982) - $41.8 million (2021).

Warrior (1982)

9. Untitled (1985) - $37.2 million (2021).

Untitled (1985)

10. The Field Next to the Other Road (1981) - $37.1 million (2015).

The Field Next to the Other Road (1981)

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