The 4 000 square-foot property was also once owned by hyperrealistic sculptor Duane Hanson and is located on 184 Grand Street.

Basquiat scrawled "SAMO©"- an acronym for "Same Old Shit"- on the wall of the fourth-floor hallway which was most likely executed by the artist in the late seventies to early eighties.

Basquiat and fellow artist Al Diaz began tagging buildings in Lower Manhattan under the pseudonym SAMO. When Basquiat and Diaz came to blows, Basquiat reacted by pulling the plug on SAMO. He scrawled SAMO IS DEAD on SoHo galleries and buildings downtown. His contemporary street artist Keith Haring famously held a 'wake' for SAMO at Club 57.