Diddy Buys $21 Million Painting, Most Expensive Piece By Any Living Black Artist!
Rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is known for his expensive taste. As the founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, Revolt TV and marketing and promotion director for Cîroc, the Harlem native clearly has no shortage of cash.
Recently, the Grammy-Award winning producer and rap mogul has been revealed as the winning bidder behind a $21.1 million painting sold during a Sotherby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York earlier in the week.
The Alabama born artist is 63-year-old Kerry James Marshall. His masterpiece titled ‘Past Times’, is the most expensive piece by a living black artist to be sold to a buyer. His creations include paintings, sculptures, collages, and photographs. Mr. Marshall calls them a visual commentary of the black experience, that confront racial stereotypes and emphasize typically excluded black subjects.
Kerry James Marshall described his pieces as,
Transcending, what is perceived to be the limitations of a race-conscious kind of work.
Super producer and art enthusiast Swizz Beatz introduced Diddy to Marshall’s work. The ‘Past Times’ painting was originally purchased for $25,000 in 1997 by Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. Congratulations are in order for the highly decorated artist on this history making accomplishment.