“Past Times” by Kerry James Marshall sells for $21.1m to Sean “Diddy” Combs

The extraordinary acrylic and collage on canvas was estimated at around $12 million but shattered the record for living African American artists and sold for $21.1 million (including fees). The piece is 9.5 feet tall and 13 feet wide and was displayed in the Chicago Convention Center for many years.


Kerry James Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is well known as a painter, photographer, printmaker, and installation artist.




Painting by Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall bought for $25,000 in 1997, sells for $21.1 million (chicagotribune.com)

Sean Combs Is Revealed as Buyer of Kerry James Marshall Painting (nytimes.com)

Black Artists Shatter Multiple Records in $392.3 Million Sotheby’s Sale (artsy.net)



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