The Artsy Podcast, No. 36: When Basquiat Is More Expensive Than Warhol

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Last Thursday, a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for a formidable $110.4 million at Sotheby’s. It set a record for the New York artist, who both joined the exclusive “$100 million-plus club” and displaced Andy Warhol as the most expensive American artist at auction in one fell swoop. This week, we break down the sale—both what it means for Basquiat’s market going forward and whether it changes his place in the art-historical canon.

$110 Million Basquiat Unseats Warhol as America’s Most Expensive Artist at Sotheby’s Sale

This podcast is hosted by Artsy Associate Editor Isaac Kaplan, joined for this edition by Executive Editor Alexander Forbes and Market Editor Anna Louie Sussman. It was produced by Editorial Associate Abigail Cain.

Intro music: “Something Elated” by Broke For Free

Cover image: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.

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