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Basquiat painting sells for $110.5m in New York

Basquiat painting sells for $110.5m in New York

This file photo taken on May 5, 2017 shows a Sotheby's official speaking about Untitled, a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat during a media preview at Sotheby's in New York.Image copyright
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A painting by the late graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has sold at auction in New York for $110.5m (£85.4m).

That is nearly double the price of his previous most expensive work, which was bought a year ago.

The untitled work, which depicts a face in the shape of a skull, went to a telephone buyer following 10 minutes of bidding with a client in Sotheby’s.

Basquiat, a native New Yorker, died in 1988 of a heroin overdose aged 27.

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