Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe's Lil Nas X Portrait, 'Old Town Boy,' Could Be Yours for $50,000 USD
The artwork leads Phillips’ New Now auction, sitting alongside pieces by KAWS, Ai Weiwei, Tracy Emin and more.
Quaicoe was inspired by his home country of Ghana and the way it produces hand-painted movie posters. As a result, the painting depicts Lil Nas X in a full rap-country-singer get-up, posing with his hands on his hips and his thumbs in his belt holsters, in front of an orange, blue, and yellow leaf background.
This is Quaicoe’s second work to be sold at auction, following on from Shade of Black, which sold for over twelve times its estimate at Phillips in July for the final price of $250,000 USD (estimated $20,000 — $30,000 USD).
Other lots in Phillips’ New Now auction include Amoako Boafo‘s Lighter (the artist recently tapped by Dior), as well as Ai Weiwei‘s solid marble Surveillance Camera, KAWS‘ Untitled (MBFF7), Tracy Emin‘s I Never Wanted to Leave You neon sign, and more. There are also other newcomers to the second-hand market including Matthew Wong’s 2016 painting Blue Tree, which was painted three years before his early passing and is expected to fetch between $50,000 — $70,000 USD.
Take a look at Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe’s Old Town Boy above, and check out the entire New Now auction on Phillips’ website. The auction will go live on September 30.
In other news, Unit London is launching a new concept gallery, and Liz Markus’ T-Rexes are set to lead the exhibition.