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Sotheby's puts the spotlight on the personal collection of Keith Haring


Agence France-Presse

 /  Wed, September 2, 2020  /  10:06 am
Sotheby's puts the spotlight on the personal collection of Keith Haring

A visitor looks at 'Untitled' by artist Keith Haring, at the Pavilions, a new building at the Glenstone Museum, combining art, architecture and landscape, during a media preview in Potomac, Maryland, September 21, 2018. (AFP/Saul Loeb)

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 Keith Haring's personal collection, and estimations expect the sale to raise nearly $1 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 Keith Haring often went in the late 1970s, organizing exhibitions with the works of his friends and other artists.


📝We are honored to announce ‘Dear Keith: Works from the Personal Collection of Keith Haring’ – an online auction offering 140+ works of art and objects from the artist and activist’s personal collection, which opens for bidding on 24 September. All works are on offer from the @keithharingfoundation, which was established by the artist shortly before his death in 1990 from HIV/AIDS-related causes. And in keeping with the Foundation’s mission to sustain and expand the artist’s legacy of philanthropy, full proceeds from the auction will benefit @lgbtcenternyc – an organization that empowers the queer community of New York to lead healthy, successful lives, celebrates the community’s diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. Haring was best known for striking graffiti-inspired drawings that took him from New York City’s streets and clubs to museums and public spaces around the world. His collection features works gifted to, purchased by and traded with Haring among friends and artists in his community, including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and many more. All works on offer will appear at auction for the first time, with estimates starting at $100. ‘Dear Keith’ will be on view by appointment in our #NewYork galleries from 26 – 30 September. Visit our link in bio for more. Photo credit: © Keith Haring Foundation. Polaroids, The Keith Haring Foundation Archives #SothebysContemporary #DearKeith #KeithHaring

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Among the most coveted lots in the sale is a colorful portrait of Keith Haring and his companion and DJ, Juan DuBose, by Andy Warhol. The painting is estimated at between US$200,000 and $250,000.

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Art lovers will also be able to purchase works by George Condo and Kenny Scharf, two close friends of Keith Haring whose creations are estimated to reach up to $18,000 and $25,000 at Sotheby's. 

Roy Lichtenstein will also make a notable appearance in the "Dear Keith" sale with "Forms in Space", a 1985 print that Keith Haring had hung above the fireplace in his New York apartment -- estimated to fetch up to $70,000.

"'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 September 24 and October 1. Would-be buyers will be able to view works from Keith Haring's personal collection at Sotheby's New York from September 26 to 30.

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