Keith Haring's personal art collection is up for auction and it reflects the legendary company he kept in the New York East Village Art scene of the 1970s and '80s. Following his death, Harring left behind 140 artworks from luminaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.

Harrison Tenzer, head of Sotheby’s online contemporary art sales explains, “the collection is remarkably autobiographical, just as any great collector’s estate is a window into their individual perspective, Keith Haring collected through relationships to those he was stylistically, morally and intellectually aligned with.”

The Haring Foundation has arranged with Sotheby’s to sell the artworks in an online auction called “Dear Keith,” beginning on September 24. The auction is expected to raise nearly $1 million with a selection ranging from a $100 painting by David Bowes to a $250,000 Warhol print.

Ahead of the auction, we've looked some of the most exciting pieces and what it tells us about the legendary artists and his peers.

Andy Warhol, Portrait of Keith Haring and Juan DuBose

Haring met Andy Warhol in 1982 and their friendship would prove instrumental in Haring's eventual success. "I met (Warhol) finally through [photographer] Christopher Makos, who brought me to the Factory. At first, Warhol was very distant. It was difficult for him to be comfortable with people if he didn’t know them."

Eventually, Warhol warmed up to him."He was more friendly. We started talking, going out. We traded a lot of works at that time."

Warhol made his Polaroids of Haring and his partner Juan Dubose in preparation for several forty by forty-inch painted portraits. Both Haring and Dubose would later die of AIDS.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled.

Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat met in New York in the ’70s. “They weren’t rivals" explains curator Dr Dieter Buchhart, but the rivalry between them inspired them to get better at their art.” When Basquiat died of a drug overdose in 1988, Haring paid homage to him with his work A Pile of Crowns, for Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Roy Lichtenstein, Forms in Space

Haring was a fan of the pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein and his Forms in Space hung in Haring's New York apartment. At the height of the AIDS crisis, Haring and Lichtenstein created protest paraphernalia that are now considered modern masterpieces.

All proceeds from the “Dear Keith” auction benefit the Center, an L.G.B.T.Q. community organization in the West Village. Take a look and even place your bid here.

“It feels as if Keith himself rallied his friends to make art for this specific purpose,” said Gil Vazquez, acting director of the foundation. “The Center embodies so much of what Keith was about: community, empowerment and the support of our future, the youth.”

What To Read Next

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The Stem Player Lets You Remix Kanye West's 'DONDA' for $200

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Is Leonardo DiCaprio Dating a 19 Year Old?

    Culture
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Summertime & NOAH's Livin' Easy

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    The Return of the Air Moc Featuring UNDERCOVER

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    EXCLUSIVE: MSCHF Made Boots Fit for Astro Boy

    Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    How Keith Haring Risked Death To Create His Iconic ‘Berlin Wall Mural’

    Culture
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.