Sotheby’s is auctioning off over a hundred pieces from Keith Haring’s art collection, which includes works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The sale, entitled Dear Keith, will raise money for New York’s LGBTQ organisation The Center. Haring painted a mural for its Greenwich Village headquarters back in 1989 (below).
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‘It feels as if Keith himself rallied his friends to make art for this specific purpose,’ Gil Vazquez, acting director of the Keith Haring Foundation, which owns the collections, told the New York Times. ‘The Center embodies so much of what Keith was about: community, empowerment and the support of our future, the youth.’
The auction, which opens on 24 September, is expected to raise almost $1m, with a highlight being Andy Warhol’s 1983 portrait of Haring with his lover Juan Dubose – predicted to sell for upwards of $200,000. Prospective buyers can view the artworks online or arrange an appointment at Sotheby’s Manhattan headquarters to see them in person.