The dedicated contemporary art auction in the auction house “Sotheby’s” in new York on 18 may was a record value of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. His nameless job in 1982 was sold for 110,5 million dollars.
The final price far exceeded the estimated value, notes TASS. Within ten minutes the canvas was traded a few potential buyers. The victory won by the Japanese billionaire, founder of Japan’s largest Internet-shop of stylish clothes Usaka of Maezawa. He said he intends to place the work of Basquiat at the Museum of his native city, Chiba Prefecture.
“When I saw this picture, I was simply overwhelmed by emotion and a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to experience the love of art. And I really wanted to help more and more people around the world were able to experience similar experiences – regardless of their age and origin, and whether they are collectors or not,” explained Maezawa.
For starters, the connoisseur intends to show the work of Basquiat to the world – at exhibitions and expositions. He recalled that the painting depicting black head, was not available to the public for over 30 years. “I very much hope that the painting will bring as much joy to people like me, and that this masterpiece of a 21-year-old Basque will serve as inspiration for many of our future generations,” added the new owner of the masterpiece.
The last time the painting was exhibited in 1984 at the author’s life. Then it was sold for 19 thousand dollars. Still the cost of the most expensive work of Basquiat’s was $ 57.3 million dollars, the owner is Osaka of Maezawa.
Jean-Michel Basquiat became famous as a graffiti artist in Brooklyn, then became a successful neoekspressionista. He was co-author of Andy Warhol. Died of a drug overdose at the age of 27 years.