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NEW YORK — A Jean-Michel Basquiat painting has set a new auction record for the graffiti artist at a sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York.

Christie’s says “Dustheads” sold for $48.8 million on Wednesday.

His “Untitled,” a painting of a black fisherman, held the previous record when it sold for $26.4 million last November.

Also breaking world auction prices for artists were works by Roy Lichtenstein and Jackson Pollock.

Lichtenstein’s “Woman With Flowered Hat” fetched $56 million. A classic example of pop art, the 1963 painting is based on Pablo Picasso’s portrait of his lover Dora Maar.

An important drip painting by Pollock, “Number 19,” realized a record $58.3 million.

Christie’s says Wednesday’s auction brought in $495 million, the highest total at any art auction.

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‘Untitled,’ 1981, acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 78 x 68 inches

Christie’s recently announced that Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1981 work, Untitled, could set an artist’s record in November, when it is expected to sell for about $20 million (usd).

Christie’s did not identify the seller, but it is rumored to be French fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

 Basquiat died at the age of 27 in 1988 of a drug overdose.  According to Christie’s,Jean-Michel Basquiat left 917 drawings, 25 sketchbooks, 85 prints, and 171 paintings.

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