Untitled, possibly incomplete Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, plus another Basquiat lot, will be in J. Levine’s May 11th sale

JL image 1 Untitled (Helicopter) Jean-Michel Basquiat abstract mixed-media work, 64 inches by 48 inches and depicting a New York City cityscape, circa 1982 (est. $6 million-$8 million).

An untitled and possibly incomplete Jean-Michel Basquiat painting is up for auction in J. Levine Auction & Appraisal’s sale planned for Friday, May 11th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz., at 12 noon Pacific time. The abstract mixed-media work measures 64 inches by 48 inches and depicts a New York City cityscape and helicopter in hues of blue and purple. An accompanying appraisal report indicates “the work was composed in Venice, CA, in 1982. Basquiat would often work on several paintings at once and it was not uncommon for him to abandon initial compositions or revisit them.”

JL image 2 Untitled (Chocolate Box) Jean-Michel Basquiat mixed media (marker/oil stick) artwork with markings, date and signature, 11 inches by 8 inches (est. $300,000-$500,000).

Untitled is accompanied by documentation that follows its chain of custody, leading to the consignor, who inherited the painting from his father, along with another untitled Basquiat work with the working title Chocolate Box also in the sale (est. $300,000-$500,000). Basquiat has become more famous since his untimely death in 1988, and as a result his auction prices have soared. His auction record of $110.5 million, in 2017, surpassed his previous record of $57.3 million set the year before. The consignor will donate 5 percent of his proceeds from the sale to the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA. To see more, click here.

JL image 3 In 2017, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa paid $110.5 million for this skull painting by Basquiat. It was, and still is, the most ever paid for a work by an American artist.




Vintage rock posters for the Grateful Dead, The Who, Hendrix, etc. at The Psychedelic Art Exchange, May 10th

PAE image 1 One of the finest known condition census “Acid Drop” Carousel Ballroom concert poster for the Grateful Dead, with rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry the show’s co-headliner.

The Psychedelic Art Exchange’s vintage concert poster auction, online now and ending Thursday, May 10th at 9 pm Eastern, features 210 rare, highly collectible handbills and posters that are being sold without reserve and with a one dollar starting bid per lot. Also, all of the lots have been independently authenticated and graded by CGC. Expected top lots include a Grateful Dead “Acid Drop” poster, a Grande Ballroom “Zebra Man” poster, a Grateful Dead “Angry Arts” poster, a The Who “Boston Tea Party” poster and an Andy Warhol BG-8 handbill – all the finest CGC graded examples ever to appear at auction.

PAE image 2 World famous 1966 Grande Ballroom “Zebra Man” concert poster, in the finest known condition census and graded a near-mint 9.6 by CGC.

Also up for bid is a wonderful Grateful Dead FD-26 “Skull & Roses” poster, a museum-quality Human Be-In poster and dozens of other posters from many of the most famous and most recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll history: Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Chuck Berry and many others. Scores of original first printings will sell for between $100 and $500, making these pieces of rock history an extraordinary value when compared to other kinds of collectibles. Interested bidders can view each lot in detail either online or in The Psychedelic Art Exchange gallery, located in Baltimore, Maryland. For more info, click here.

PAE image 3 Restored Avalon Ballroom Grateful Dead concert poster from 1968, CGC graded 7.0, signed and doodled by the artist Stanley Mouse of the legendary Skull & Roses.




Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ first-ever Pop Culture, Street and Unusual Art sale will be conducted Saturday, May 12th

BC image 1 Painting of The Simpsons character Krusty the Clown by Ron English (Ill./Tex, . 1959), 16 inch square acrylic on canvas titled Krusty the Grin, circa 2017 (est. $20,000-$25,000).

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ first-ever Pop Culture, Street and Unusual Art sale, slated for Saturday, May 12th, contains 118 lots by such artists as Ron English, Alexander Girard, Taro Yamamoto, Robert Rustermier, Sylvia Ji, Danny DeLancey and Brian Donnelly (better known simply as KAWS). The sale will be held online and at Bruneau’s gallery in Cranston, R.I., at 11 am Eastern time. Bruneau is advertising commission rates on a graduated scale, starting at 10 percent for items that hammer for up to $1,000, and zero percent for items that sell for more than $5,000, said Kevin Bruneau, president of Bruneau & Co.

BC image 2 Offset lithograph in colors by KAWS (Am., b. 1974), titled Undefeated Billboard (2004), number 35 in an edition of 250 and artist signed “KAWS 04” (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Bruneau added, “If you’d asked me twenty years ago if I’d be selling my vinyl sculptures of Pinocchio and Boba Fett or paintings of Krusty the Clown for thousands of dollars, I’d have said you were crazy. But today I only see it as the future of this business and a field we are striving for and even pioneering.” Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer whose area of expertise is Street and Urban Art, remarked, “This is the auction I’ve been waiting for. To see a market developing for something I’ve had a lifelong passion for is heartwarming. But it’ll be sad seeing all my office art go away in one day.” To view all items being auctioned, click here.

BC image 3 Painted cast vinyl figure by Alexander Girard (1907-1993), in collaboration with X BE@RBRICK, titled International Love Heart (2009), a Japan exclusive (est. $3,000-$5,000).