February 11, 2009
Artist’s father says prints sold illegally
The father of Jean-Michel Basquiat has sued a California art dealer, alleging it illegally sold prints of the deceased New York pop artist.
In the $1.75 million suit filed in a federal court in New York, Gerard Basquiat claimed that David DeSanctis Contemporary Art Inc. illegally sold four of his son's artworks for at least $172,000 after a licensing contract expired last year, as well as ignored demands to return six other prints worth more than $400,000, the New York Post reported Wednesday.The suit said DeSanctis struck its exclusive, five-year deal to market a series of
fine art limited editionsof works by Basquiat, who died of an overdose in 1988.
David DeSanctis did not return calls seeking comment, the Post said.