Leather Jacket Graffitied on by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Stephen Sprouse and Friends: A 1980’s Relic Up For Auction

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This week, Wednesday November 12th, a priceless leather jacket tagged by various 80s graffiti artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, will be auctioned off at Swann Galleries. The jacket’s owner, a stage manager and lighting director at the famed four-floor night club Danceteria from ’81-’86, gave it to the elevator operator Joy, who then invited the club’s celebrity guests and artists decorate the jacket while she worked. Frequent patrons included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys and Madonna.

Prospective buyers should view this item as a relic of the heady days of the 1980s New York underground art scene.

Permanent marker on white Scully leather jacket, size 42, early-mid 1980s. 950×455 mm; 37 3/8×17 7/8 inches.



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