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Jean-Michel Basquiat Painting Sells For Record $110.5 Million

Rap fans should expect the name Basquiat to be mentioned in even more songs in the future now that he holds the sales record for American artists.

Basquiat’s 1982 piece “Untitled” sold for $110.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday.

The painting was bought by Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa.

“I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece. When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible,” wrote the billionaire on Instagram.

Basquiat began as a 1970’s graffiti artist in New York City and later connected with pop culture icon Andy Warhol.

He also worked with rappers Rammellzee and K-Rob for the track “Beat Bop.”

Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)” held the previous American sales record at $104.5 million.Screen Shot 2017-05-20 at 7.58.04 PM

MultiHop HighLights Drake’s ‘I Like It Like This’ Sotheby’s Exhibit

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“I Like It Like This, presented by S|2 in collaboration with Drake, is a celebration of Black-American contemporary artists.
 I Like It Like This, the “selling exhibition” at Sotheby’s that pairs contemporary art made by black artists with songs picked by Drake
The exhibit features about 20 works from renowned Blacks artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker and Wangechi Mutu and Kehinde Wiley. (Visitors can hear the songs at listening stations adjacent to the works.)

Songs like Kendrick Lamar’s “Fuck Your Ethnicity” and ILoveMakonnen’s “Rumors” are paired with paintings, sculptures, and abstract artwork throughout the S:2 gallery.

Drake’s curated “I Like It Like This” collection will be on view through June 12 at the Sotheby’s NYC headquarters.

Check out some artwork from the exhibition below:

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