Yusaku Maezawa Identified as Buyer of Record-Setting Basquiat

May 11th, 2016

Online retailer Yusaku Maezawa has been identified as the buyer of the record-setting Basquiat last night at Christie’s, Bloomberg reports.  “The moment I first saw the painting at the auction preview, the piece overflowing with his passion and technique, I felt shivers all over my body,” Maezawa says. “Regardless of its condition or sales value, I was driven by the responsibility to acknowledge great art and the need to pass on not only the artwork itself, but also the knowledge of the artist’s culture and his way of life to future generations.”

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