Previously Unseen Photos Of Jean-Michel Basquiat As A Teenager Released On Instagram

Long before his paintings sold for $110m, the artist was just a kid spraying graffiti in NYC

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One of the most-influential artists of the modern era, Jean-Michel Basquiat's surreal, neo-impressionist output burned bright and fast; with the man who famously painted in a crumpled Armani suit dying of a heroin overdose at just 27.

But before he became the king of the New York club scene and an Andy Warhol muse, Basquiat was, along with his accomplice Ali Diaz, making a name for himself as one of the most prominent graffiti artists in the city. The pair adopted the alias SAMO (for "Same Old Shit") and tagged the subways and buildings of NYC with witty, sardonic observations, poems and imagery.

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As reported by Dazed, Diaz has now decided to sell original prints of his and Basquiat's work at the House of Roulx & Co; while he recently posted a series of never-before-seen photographs of the artist as an unknown teenager on his Instagram account.

In September this year, Boom For Real will open at London's Barbican, marking Basquiat's first large-scale UK exhibition; highlighting his rapid and improbable legacy in the rarefied world of fine art.