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Sotheby’s puts the spotlight on Keith Haring’s personal collection

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Andy Warhol’s “Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan DuBose”. Image: Sotheby’s via AFP Relaxnews.

Sotheby’s has teamed up with the Keith Haring Foundation for an exclusive online sale dedicated to the famous American street artist, who passed away in 1990 at the age of 31 following a battle with AIDS.

The sale, “Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring”, will feature more than 140 works of art and artifacts of all kinds from Haring’s personal collection, and estimations expect the sale to raise nearly $1 million (or approx. P48.4 million) for the New York charity The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Described by Sotheby’s as “remarkably autobiographical,” the collection includes many masterpieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Tseng Kwong Chi, Stefano Castronovo, Samantha McEwen, Kermit Oswald and Bruno Schmidt.

Most of them frequented the famous New York night spot Club 57, where Haring often went in the late 1970s, organizing exhibitions with the works of his friends and other artists.


Among the most coveted lots in the sale is a colorful portrait of Haring and his companion and DJ, Juan DuBose by Andy Warhol. The painting is estimated between US$200,000 and $250,000 (or approx. P9.6 and P12.1 million).

Art lovers will also be able to purchase works by George Condo and Kenny Scharf, two close friends of Haring whose creations are estimated to reach up to $18,000 and $25,000 (or approx. P872,000 and P1.2 million) at Sotheby’s.

Roy Lichtenstein will also make a notable appearance in the “Dear Keith” sale with “Forms in Space”, a 1985 print that Haring had hung above the fireplace in his New York apartment — estimated to fetch up to $70,000 (or approx. P3.3 million).

“‘Dear Keith’ spotlights the diverse community of artists whose unique visions inspired Keith throughout his life,” outlined Harrison Tenzer, head of Sotheby’s contemporary art online sales in New York.

“Dear Keith” will be held on Sotheby’s official website between Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. Would-be buyers will be able to view works from Haring’s personal collection at Sotheby’s New York from Sept. 26 to 30.CC


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