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Jean-Michel Basquiat breaks US art record with £85m sale

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Painting by Basquiat, who died aged 27, is most expensive at auction of any US artist, also breaking record for a black artist

A painting by late graffiti artist-turned-expressionist painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, has become the most expensive at auction of any US artist, fetching $110.5m (£85m) in New York.

“Untitled”, a 1982 work in oil stick, acrylic and spray paint, depicting a powerful crazed face shaped as a skull, also broke the salesroom record for a black artist, and is the first created since 1980 to top the $100m mark.

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