The staggering figures made by Jean-Michel are never so far from a physical as well as psychological self-portrait. On 1982 alone, fifteen drawings of crazy heads are known.
One of them, 109 x 78 cm, was entirely made in oilstick with five sticks: black, white, red, blue and orange. The mad man is superb with terrible eyes, aggressive fangs and a short but shaggy hair. The blue face and the bright red thick beard reinforce the disturbing and indomitable features of the character.
This drawing was sold for $ 12M including premium on November 12, 2013 by Christie's. On that year, the rating of Basquiat was bursting, pushed by some observers of the art market who identified him as the new Van Gogh. The same piece is now estimated £ 4.5M for sale by Sotheby's in London on February 10, lot 15.
Other drawings of same size also recorded high prices at auction, although they are less colored. A head crowned with the halo, also from 1982, was sold for $ 13.6M including premium by Christie's on 11 May 2015. A head made in 1983 was sold for $ 7.4M including premium by Christie's on May 13, 2014.
SOLD for £ 6.2M including premium