A painting by Skepta has just been sold for £81,900

A painting by famous British-Nigerian rapper Skepta has just sold at auction for £81,900 GBP (about US$94,656). The piece, named “Mama Goes to Market”, went to the biggest ever at Sotheby’s, having been part of the “Contemporary Curated” sale.

The piece was originally painted by Skepta in 2020, over the span of a week. But later it was reworked when he took it to an event organized by Givenchy in collaboration with Chito. Here, Chito marked all the objects that people had brought, and so – the graphic designer’s mark can be seen on the walls of the painting, as well as those of fellow graphic designer Slawn and producer and DJ Goldie. Elsewhere, the piece depicts three African women, one of whom carries a child on her back. While the pre-estimate was pegged at £40,000-£60,000 GBP ($46,000-$69,000 USD), it eventually sold for almost £22,000 above its estimate. Although the buyer has not been made public, Skepta told the Financial Times that he hopes Jay-Z or Dave Chapelle would be the one to take him home.

On the occasion of the sale, Denim Tears has teamed up with Skepta to launch a collection that “reinvents elements of intuitive painting through clothing and textiles”. The capsule includes a t-shirt depicting the painting and hand-painted pieces including a hoodie, long-sleeve t-shirt, jeans, and tote, and is available for pre-order now.

Elsewhere in artistic news, Avant Arte has just announced an upcoming collaboration with Patta and Parra.

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