The painting “In this case” by Neo-Expressionist and American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold on Tuesday at Christie’s auction for $93.1 million, representatives of Christie’s auction house said on May 12 in Twitter.
The winning bid was made by phone and it was $81 million. With all additional payments, the collector must pay $93.105 million.
It is noted that the image of the skull is a key motif in the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat. According to experts Christie’s, for the black artist skull was a “metaphor for the past and the transient nature of human life”, while serving as “a symbol of the dangers that await young African-Americans on the streets of New York”.
A painting from the same series, Untitled, created in 1982, sold in 2017 for $110.5 million, a record price for auctioned works by American artists.