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Sterling Ruby
Kiss Trap Kismet
2008
$206,500
Phillips de Pury & Co.
May 10, 2012
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Art Market Watch

PHILLIPS DE PURY SETS NEW BASQUIAT RECORD
by Rachel Corbett

Applause broke out early at last night’s contemporary art auction at Phillips de Pury & Co. after three bidders battled it out over the sixth lot, an untitled Jean-Michel Basquiat self-portrait done in 1981 during the height of his fame. In the end, the painting sold to a telephone bidder for $16.3 million (with premium), well above the $12 million presale high estimate and a new world record for the artist.

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