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Lot 180

Jean-Michel Basquiat Bearbrick Vinyl Figures 1000%:
A unique, timeless collectible trademarked & licensed by the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The partnered collectible reveals the late iconic artist’s untitled (Jackson) artwork from 1982 wrapping the figure in its entirety. Sold out and out of print; scarce.

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Printed signature on reverse
Frame
Not included
Series

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dramatic life and iconic paintings—which variously feature obsessive scribbling, enigmatic symbols and diagrams, and iconography including skulls, masks, and the artist’s trademark crown—make him one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. The self-taught painter embraced graffiti before committing to a studio practice. He found a mentor and friend in Andy Warhol, who helped the young artist navigate the 1980s New York art world. Across his oeuvre, Basquiat drew on his own Caribbean heritage; a convergence of African American, African, and Aztec cultural histories; classical themes; and pop cultural figures including athletes and musicians. The immediacy and intellectual depth of his paintings won him widespread acclaim both before and after his untimely death at the age of 27. Basquiat’s paintings now belong in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 2017, Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) notched $110.5 million at auction and became the most expensive artwork by an American artist to ever be sold.

High auction record
US$110.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Selected exhibitions
2019
Jean-Michel BasquiatFondation Louis Vuitton
Basquiat’s “Defacement”: The Untold StoryGuggenheim Museum
2015
Basquiat: The Unknown NotebooksBrooklyn Museum
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[email protected] are among the world’s most collectible objects. While the plastic teddy-bear figurines have been decorated with innumerable patterns over the years, classic collaborations feature the iconography of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and KAWS, and brands such as Chanel, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), and Disney. [email protected] are produced by Japanese company Medicom Toy and have sold for high five-figure prices at auction. Yet others are considerably more affordable, depending on the toy’s collaborator, rarity, material, and size. A mash-up of street culture and fine art, [email protected] enjoy a wide and elite collector base, from the music producer Pharrell Williams to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington.

Exhibitions
2020
POP UP Exhibition: Contemporary ArtMK Art Invest Group
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Basquiat Bearbrick 1000% Companion (Basquiat [email protected]), 2018

Vinyl figure
27 × 14 × 9 in
68.6 × 35.6 × 22.9 cm
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Lot 180

Jean-Michel Basquiat Bearbrick Vinyl Figures 1000%:
A unique, timeless collectible trademarked & …

Medium
Condition
Excellent
Signature
Stamped by artist's estate, Printed signature on reverse
Frame
Not included
Series

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s dramatic life and iconic paintings—which variously feature obsessive scribbling, enigmatic symbols and diagrams, and iconography including skulls, masks, and the artist’s trademark crown—make him one of the most famous artists of the 20th century. The self-taught painter embraced graffiti before committing to a studio practice. He found a mentor and friend in Andy Warhol, who helped the young artist navigate the 1980s New York art world. Across his oeuvre, Basquiat drew on his own Caribbean heritage; a convergence of African American, African, and Aztec cultural histories; classical themes; and pop cultural figures including athletes and musicians. The immediacy and intellectual depth of his paintings won him widespread acclaim both before and after his untimely death at the age of 27. Basquiat’s paintings now belong in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 2017, Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) notched $110.5 million at auction and became the most expensive artwork by an American artist to ever be sold.

High auction record
US$110.5m, Sotheby's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Guggenheim Museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Selected exhibitions (3)

[email protected] are among the world’s most collectible objects. While the plastic teddy-bear figurines have been decorated with innumerable patterns over the years, classic collaborations feature the iconography of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and KAWS, and brands such as Chanel, A Bathing Ape (BAPE), and Disney. [email protected] are produced by Japanese company Medicom Toy and have sold for high five-figure prices at auction. Yet others are considerably more affordable, depending on the toy’s collaborator, rarity, material, and size. A mash-up of street culture and fine art, [email protected] enjoy a wide and elite collector base, from the music producer Pharrell Williams to Vogue’s former creative director Grace Coddington.

Exhibitions (1)
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