A Keith Haring mural that adorned the stairwell at Grace House Youth Center in Manhattan is expected to fetch between $3 million and $5 million at auction next month. The work, which features Haring’s seminal character, the “radiant baby,” took pride of place in the youth center since the early ’80s. According to the auction house, Haring painted the work using black industrial house paint– and incredibly– did so without first working out the composition in a sketch or an underpainting.
Gary Mallon, who was the director of the youth center told The New York Times, “When new kids came to that building and they saw all that stuff, they said, ‘Oh my god, this is Keith Haring. Is this real?’” Grace House has since closed however the work has been preserved. According to the NYT, the church next door spent t $900,000 to extract the 13 figure work from the 90-year-old building. See how they did it below.
It will be auctioned as it was displayed in Grace House, with the original scuffs. You can get all the details of the auction on the Bonhams website.