Nov 12, 2015 - Sale 2398

Sale 2398 - Lot 303

Price Realized: $ 8,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
(Anti) Product (Suicide).

Postcard, ink and color xerox mounted on paper, 1980. 145x110 mm; 5 3/4x4 1/4 inches, full margins. Signed and titled in felt-tip pen and black ink and annotated in ballpoint pen and black ink, verso.

Purchased from Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York.

The artist's inscription, verso, reads "Suicide note/The only way 2 survive is 2 commit suicide all the time. To enter with a schizophrenic goodwill the same attitude one would take 2 a new school, new town, or across the river from whatever suburb. Until the material is worn and the asshole shines thru truthfully."

At the beginning of his career, Basquiat sold these collaged and annotated postcards, as well as painted shirts, on the streets of lower New York.