Jean-Michel Basquiat was an influential neo-expressionist artist born in 1960. He is from Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. To this day, Jean Michel Basquiat‘s works influence our culture. His artistic work has inspired many other creators in the world of high fashion, streetwear, design, and art. His paintings are being exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Basquiat first achieved fame as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti duo who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s, where hip hop, punk, and street art cultures coalesced. His Paintings became so successful that they were even exposed at the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of his art in 1992. Even after his death, Basquiat’s work continuously increases in value. Here are the five most valued paintings by Jean Michel Basquiat and their price.
Untitled (Tar, Tar, Tar, Lead, Lead Lead) (1981)
The Untitled (Tar Tar Tar, Lead Lead Lead) painting shows a character, often defined as an alleged warrior holding a sword in a chaotic battlefield. The painting is sometimes associated with Basquiat personal success in the world of Art. The painting was sold in 2014 at Christie’s New York, for $31 million.
The Field Next to the Other Road, (1981)
The Field Next to the Other Road was a painting done after Jean Michel Basquiat came back from a trip to Italy. The canvas is covered in a pastel beige with the typical red and black lines of Basquiat. It was sold at Christie’s New York in 2015, for $33 million, a little below the high estimate of $35 million.
Dustheads is known for being one of Jean Michel Basquiat’s most powerful works. In its crudest form, the painting depicts two frenetic characters immersed in darkness. The painting is recognized for depicting Basquiat’s original painting style, technique, skill, and vision. This artwork sold at Christie’s New York in 2013 for $43,500,000.
Untitled (Black Devil Head) (1982)
The 1982 Untitled (Black Devil Head) is a painting depicting a devil’s head without a body in the middle of a hellish chaotic background. Although the painting’s main colors are different shades of red, accents of green and blue give life to an otherwise sinister piece. It was purchased at Sotheby’s in May 2015 by the Japanese collector and online fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawafor $57.3 million
When this painting sold Sotheby’s in New York, it broke the record of the most valued painting made by an American artist as it sold for $110.5 million. CNNMoney reports that the 1982 painting ‘Untitled’ beat an Andy Warhol piece. This painting was also bought by Yusaku Maezawa. The man states that he will lend this painting to exhibitions and museums worldwide as long as the painting is in his possession.