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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing to make up to $120,000 in May
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    Paul Fraser
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Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing to make up to $120,000 in May

An untitled drawing in oilstick by Jean-Michel Basquiat is to lead a contemporary art sale at Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

It carries an estimate of $80,000-120,000 ahead of the May 13 sale.

Basquiat Artificial Flavours
Basquiat's work has substantially increased in value in recent years

Basquiat is among the most popular contemporary artists, with sales of his work growing significantly year on year.

In May 2013, a painting titled Dustheads sold for $48.8m at Christie's New York - setting a new world record for a piece of his work at auction.

In March, the sale of an archive of work from Basquiat was cancelled after it emerged many of the pieces were unauthenticated.  

Savarin 3 (Red), a colour lithograph by Jasper Johns, is valued at $30,000-50,000.

Jasper Johns Saverin
Jasper Johns' work explores the symbolism of the everyday

Johns (born 1930) is most famous for his interpretations of symbols, including flags and maps, which are created through the application of thick layers of paint and other materials (including wax and plaster).

He is often labelled a pop artist, in addition to his association with the neo-Dadaist movement.

He famously appeared in an episode of The Simpsons in 1999, where he played a kleptomaniac version of himself.

One of his iconic flag paintings sold for an artist record of $28.6m at Christie's New York in 2010.  

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • BasquiatdrawingJean-Michelto