Jay Z Purchases $4.5 Million Dollar Basquiat Painting


During an auction held at New York art dealing house Sothebys last week, an anonymous buyer purchased a painting by famous artist Jean-Michel Basquait. The painting entitled “Mecca” was bought for a cool $4.5 million dollars. The New York Post is reporting that the anonymous buyer of the painting was hip-hop mogul Jay Z today.

In numerous songs over the years, Jay Z has voiced his admiration of Basquiat, who died at age 27 in 1988 of an apparent heroin overdose. Jay Z has previously declared in songs that he owns several of Basquiat’s paintings and on his 2012 song, “Picasso Baby,” compared himself to the painter when he said “It ain’t hard to tell/I’m the new Jean-Michel.”

You can see an image of the painting in the picture above.

[Via Complex]

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  • Peso

    Jay Z is my all-time favorite recording artist and businessman. He’s the reason why I know about Basquiat and other artist/painters BUT c’mon son this painting I could have did and I’m horrible at drawing and everything that relates to it lmao I’m dead serious, I know Jay Z has a lot of money and Basquiat from Brooklyn and all but that was some dumb sh*t and that’s something you usually can say about my mn Hov