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In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker “Samo” on the Lower East Side in the late 1970s, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $ 200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, his cult status soon began to overshadow the art that had made him famous in the first place.