Sotheby’s Set To Auction $35 Million USD Basquiat Artwork

Sotheby’s will be auctioning Jean-Michel Basquiat artwork worth an estimated $35 million USD. once the art is sold, it will be one of Basquiat’s most expensive pieces.

The work, Versus Medici, was created in 1982 and was inspired by the famed artist’s time in Modena, Italy. The artwork features Basquiat’s signature style with a skeleton in an abstract stance as well as wording displayed. The piece is a direct reflection of the Renaissance-era Medici family.

Versus Medici, along with most of Basquiat’s paintings from 1982 is among the most valuable works in the market and was created when the artist was just 22 years of age.

In Versus Medici, Basquiat melds the political and art-historical as he consciously stages a reckoning with the Westernized ideal of visual culture and was intent on mastering and commandeering the accepted ‘rules’ of art history in order to break them.

Grégoire Billault, Sotheby’s New York Head of Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s auction of Jean-Michel Basquiat Versus Medici will take place on May 12.


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