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KEITH HARING (1958-1990)

 
KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. KEITH HARING - Untitled - ink on illustration board - 4 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.
Untitled19764 5/8 x 5 1/2 in. ink on illustration board
Provenance
Luc Mulier Brussegen. Belgium
Private Collection, Florida
Artnet Auction January 28, 2016
Private Collection, Puerto Rico

40,000

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