The Basquiat Blitz Continues: Sotheby’s Will Auction Four Blockbuster Works by the Artist This Fall

Jean‐Michel Basquiat, Untitled Pollo Frito

Jean‐Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Pollo Frito) (1982). Courtesy Sotheby's.

It’s no secret that Interest in Jean-Michele Basquiat’s work has reached fever pitch. And if the fall season is any indication, the temperature isn’t abating anytime soon.

Days before the Fondation Louis Vuitton is set to unveil a major show of the late artist’s work, Sotheby’s has announced a blockbuster consignment of four Basquiat works for its upcoming contemporary evening auction in New York on November 14.

The group is conservatively estimated at between $34.5 million to $39 million, but it could potentially sell for far more.

The star lot of the bunch is Untitled (Pollo Frito), 1982, a diptych which has never appeared at auction before and is estimated in the region of $25 million. Sotheby’s declined to comment on the consignor except to say that the works are from a private European collection.