They call it The Rarified Club. It is that group of contemporary painters, including Picasso and Francis Bacon, whose works have fetched over 100 million dollars in auction. Add Jean-Michel Basquiat to the list.
Here we have a strange individual, strung out on dope and wildly psychopathic who gave birth to his hallucinations with a spray can.
There are thousands of others like him, but David Bowie became one of his patrons in the 1980 and thus his claim to fame.
The fame is posthumous. Basquiat died of an over dose.
He would have thought that he was on an extra special high at the Sotheby auction yesterday when his skull painting sold for 110 million dollars. Maybe the buyer was on a high as well. You can afford to be on one when you have a billion dollars spare cash in your wallet.
The successful bidder was a Japanese Fashion Guru, owner of
After adding "The skull" to his other Basquiat acquisition "The Horned Devil" he said:
"I am happy to announce I just WON this master piece"
Folks, that's what you do when you are a multi billionaire. You don't BUY things, you WIN things.
This week Pauline and I were debating whether we could afford to re-sod our lawn for $350. Now I have the answer. Of course we can. We will just go over to the sod farm and WIN ourselves 50 rolls of grass!