Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior Sells for £30.2 Million

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s warrior becomes the most valuable
Western artwork ever offered in Asia

The first in a series of formidable masterpieces to be offered in Asia this season

Jean-Michel Basquiat's Warrior Sells for £30.2 Million
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)
Warrior
signed and dated ‘Jean-Michel Basquiat 1982’ (on the reverse) acrylic, oilstick and spray paint on wood panel
72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm.)
Painted in 1982
Price Realised: HK$323,600,000 / £30,265,619 / €35,077,853 / US$41,857,351

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s landmark work, Warrior has sold for HK$323,600,000 / £30,265,619 / €35,077,853 / US$41,857,351, in a live and livestreamed Evening Sale, as a key offering of Christie’s Global Spring Season of 20th Century sales. The masterpiece, which represents the pinnacle of Basquiat’s creative output, has become the most expensive Western artwork ever offered in Asia and attracted bidding between Hong Kong and New York.

Painted in 1982 at the height of his artistic power, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Warrior is a commanding and authoritative portrait that amply demonstrates why the artist is regarded as one of the most important painters of the last half-century. The work was offered in a sale format that highlighted Basquiat’s international appeal, uniting collectors from different geographies and time zones, and situating his work within a context that highlighted his influences and the impact his work had on artists that followed.

The sale is a milestone for the Western art market in Asia, speaking to Christie’s continued success in the region. It also follows the exceptional results seen at Christie’s on 1 March 2021 when the current season launched in London and New York, realising a total on the evening of £43,702,515 / $61,139,818 / €50,520,107, selling 98% by lot and 100% by value. The sales were highlighted by the exceptional record-breaking sale of Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque and Vincent van Gogh’s exquisite portrait La Mousmé from A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud. The outstanding result builds on the record-breaking season of 20th/21st Century Art sales in Hong Kong last December.

Christies

editor

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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