Basquiat’s $110.5 million Record-Setting Painting Has Sparked Fierce Reactions


When Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 “Untitled” skull painting sold for $110.5 million this month, it set the record for the highest price ever paid for an artwork by an American artist, taking the impressive title away from Andy Warhol.

There’s no doubt that this is a helluva marker for the Brooklyn-born artist who passed away in 1988 of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, however, the sale has (unsurprisingly?) sparked some fierce reactions.



While the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who purchased the piece apparently “decided to go for it,” according to The New York Times, plenty of others just can’t grasp spending that much money on a piece of Basquiat’s colorful-yet-chaotic work while others feel like it’s a “capitalist apocalypse” and still more feel like it’s a total turning point for modern art.

Check out the range below…