With $ 93.1 million … selling the painting “In This Case”


“In This Case” by Jean-Michel Basquia was sold today for 93.1 million dollars at an auction organized by Christie’s in New York, the second highest price for the New York painter.Measuring 1.98 meters by 1.87 meters, this 1983 painting depicts a skull on a red background. It sold for $ 81 million, and its final price was $ 93.1 million after additional fees and commissions, which far exceeds Christie’s estimate of $ 50 million.

However, the record for paintings by Basquia (1960-1988) is still for a painting entitled “Intuited” that also represents a skull, and it sold for $ 110.5 million in May 2017 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York.The price of the painting “In This Case”, which was sold yesterday, did not exceed $ 999,500 at an auction held in November 2002, meaning that the new price doubled at least a hundred times in about 20 years, which indicates that Basquia’s position has strengthened.


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