Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Jean-Michel Basquiats’ Self Portrait As A Heel (Part Two)


While living in L.A., Basquiat painted voraciously and with huge focus, producing a select group of masterworks that today rank among his most celebrated. Among these is his monumental masterpiece, Self-Portrait as a Heel (Part Two) – produced for his first-ever show on the West Coast, at the Gagosian Gallery in L.A. The painting is one of just a very small number of works across the entirety of his career that Basquiat chose to title ‘Self-Portrait’ – a testament to the great surge of confidence he felt as he burst beyond the New York art scene. Measuring eight feet tall, the gargantuan canvas, oozing self-confidence and typically brilliant image-play will star as the highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction on 15 November.

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