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Metallica Drummer Plunks Down $14 Million For Basquiat Painting

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Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich just purchased a Jean Michel-Basquiat painting at an auction in New York City to the tune of $14 million, easily outdoing the $12 million it was estimated to sell for.

The piece is called Untitled (Boxer), 1982, and depicts an abstracted black heavyweight fighting with arms outstretched against a white graffiti background.

The painting was the center of a 2005 traveling retrospective of the artist's work. Basquiat died in 1988 of a drug overdose at the age of 27 - only 6 years after the particular piece was created.

Lars is a big art collector.

And he's also really rich!!!!

Update: Lars actually was the one selling the painting. Either way, he's still an art collector and filthy rich!

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85 comments to “Metallica Drummer Plunks Down $14 Million For Basquiat Painting”



  1. 1

    Lars is a punk ass bitch.



  2. 2

    HEY I WAS GOING TO BUY THAT! I GUESS HE BEAT MY BID ON EBAY! DANG!



  3. 3

    YOU DUMB FUCK PEREZ! HE DIDN'T BUY IT…HE CONSIGNED IT TO THE AUCTION HOUSE. DAMN, CAN YOU GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER???



  4. 4

    Re: LettyB – DAMN STILL HERE????



  5. 5

    couldn't you find a better picture of him Perez!



  6. 6

    Exactly why for years I will not attend concerts held in large arenas. It's not my job to make the rich richer.
    These are exactly the people our new president should be taxing the shit out of.
    I only support bands that play in small intimate settings.



  7. 7

    DOES ANYONE EVEN CARE



  8. 8

    that is funny…..

    i hate lars and metallica…and this is coming from a former die hard fan….

    im soooo sick of his bitch ass complaining!!!!

    he and kanye should do a record together….bitches



  9. 9

    BORED!!!!!!!

  10. Hole says – reply to this


    10

    You fucking idiots,…………..he sold the painting!
    Get your fucking story straight!



  11. 11

    Re: Mona_Lisa – YEP! ARE YOUUUUUUUUUUU REAAAAAAAAAAADYYYYYYYYY TO RUMMMMMMMMMBLLLLLLLLE!



  12. 12

    wow couldnt he give that money to charity instead just saying what an assssssssssssssss



  13. 13

    Guess he's not feeling the economic crisis….



  14. 14

    Lars is the best fucking drummer out there. I love love love me some Metallifuckinca!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  15. 15

    Lmao i just noticed with his receding hairline, he's looking more and more like robocop….



  16. 16

    Re: Productboy
    STFU you could not hang at a Metallica concert.



  17. 17

    that's extreme. if he has that much money he shud make a donation to the economy.



  18. 18

    Re: Mona_Lisa – Though I think you need to lower your voice…and work on that tone….you are correct….lars didn't buy it…….he has owned it for 10 years….



  19. 19

    LOL Lars thinks he's an artist…as I recall, his "work" is done a la Jackson Pollack, except not on the floor.
    .
    AKA paint splatters.
    .
    Ecept Jackson Pollack was good, and Lars is not.
    .
    Gawd I hate Metallica..



  20. 20

    Is that Jesse Metcalf next to him??



  21. 21

    HES GETTING SO BALD AND OLD HE NEEDS TO BY HAIR PLUGS



  22. 22

    FOURTEEN M-I-L-L-I-O-N DOLLARS FOR A PAINTING?! What the fucking bat shit? I know my career path now, splash some paint on a canvas and call it a masterpiece.



  23. 23

    You mean hit just didn't download it from Bittorrent??



  24. 24

    Actually Perez. Lars has owned the boxer for 10 years and has just sold it.



  25. 25

    He has such a weirdly huge head



  26. 26

    The writing on the pictures has changed. It's nicer and more girlie. And not as funny.



  27. 27

    Re: LettyB – hahahahahaha read another post…Internet friends? WTF? Too much LMAO



  28. 28

    Re: La Diva – Really? I think he looks like Hannibal Lector for real.



  29. 29

    he's owned several before



  30. 30

    Re: Parramore – Did the caps on purpose make sure Perezito sees it LOL…if he even reads comments



  31. 31

    WOW!



  32. 32

    This from a guy who claimed that Napster was taking food out of his mouth! Ha! Just another rich white guy!



  33. 33

    Re: Hole – If he sold the painting he's still rich - doesn't make that much difference.



  34. 34

    14 million for a Basquiat?????? WTF!



  35. 35

    Re: ELLOLOVAH122 – Lol your right. Good point…



  36. 36

    Re: Fawk u and ur issues – Your right, I'm not 14.



  37. 37

    Re: wahdidah – Exactly!!



  38. 38

    Separated at birth- Lars and Michael Keaton



  39. 39

    Re: ELLOLOVAH122
    The price is not that high considering it will be worth more and more as the years pass. The Boxer by Basquiat truly is a masterpiece, and a part of art-history. If you can make anything remotly in as inspired, please do.
    In my opinion The Boxer is priceless. The emotion that painting evokes is overwhelming. And Im sorry you have never experienced that, real art is powerfull.



  40. 40

    Re: Fawk u and ur issues – I saw Metallica when they actually WERE Metallica. Not a shell of what they once were.



  41. 41

    I love Basquiat! Did u know Madonna dated Basquiat??
    Artwork is an asset!



  42. 42

    I don't care if he bought it or not, Lars is still a dick!



  43. 43

    (This version CORRECTS that Basquiat was consigned by Ulrich for sale NOT purchased by him; corrects price to $13.5 million from $14M; corrects overlines.) DUMBASS MARIO!



  44. 44

    SELLOUTS! Fuck Metallica! Jason carried that band, and Kirk needs to come out of the closet. SERIOUSLY!



  45. 45

    he's just wanting to spend all that money from the past decade of musical suckage on something of equal irrelavence.



  46. 46

    and yes, he also is a punkassbitch



  47. 47

    Re: Mona_Lisa – hey i consider you my internet friend! hahahaha!



  48. 48

    wow what a waste of money…



  49. 49

    but he was only being one beacause james was being one, then they cut each others hair.

    ..sorry i just really hate metallica



  50. 50

    i was watching some baby shit on the fabulouse life of, and j_lo spent 700 grand on something for her baby shower and let me tell you, it wasn't essential, but to fluff out 700 grand made me sick, most people won't even see that in there lifetimes



  51. 51

    that bastard! i wanted that!



  52. 52

    Re: La Diva – eeeeeeeeeeehehehehehehehehehe

  53. midi says – reply to this


    53

    does that help the economy at all? i hope so…

  54. Sweet says – reply to this


    54

    Metali WHO? This guy is completely irrelevant. Go Napster.



  55. 55

    and Queen's guitarist is a astrophysicist-true story.



  56. 56

    He SOLD that painting and made those millions, not bought it.

    Perez doesn't even double check his stories…



  57. 57

    Re: Lizilicious
    me too and whom didn't she date?



  58. 58

    Re: LettyB – WTF!



  59. 59

    Re: ELLOLOVAH122 – yeah man who fucking decides something is worth so much, especially from someone who died 19 years ago from a drug overdose?blehh i'm so jelly of 14 million dollars extra income, i feel very poor



  60. 60

    Re: Sweet – haha, Napster.yeah.



  61. 61

    Re: Melissa is always right.
    Yeah I've seen Metallica dozens of times, even though their new stuff make suck to most, the great thing about them live is that they play the old stuff and they sound the same as they did 25 yrs ago ;)



  62. 62

    Good for him…too bad Metallica sucks donkey balls. FUCKING SLAYER!!!



  63. 63

    Re: Funpig – No…Cliff Burton WAS Metallica..never have they ever been the same. FUCKING SLAYER>>>>



  64. 64

    Good choice, Jean Michael is the bomb!



  65. 65

    Re: Mona_Lisa – there are two different stories on yahoo news saying 2 different things.. one says he consigned it, one says he bought it… go figure



  66. 66

    Basquiat was bangin madonna in the 80s - maybe perez would buy the painting and worship it just because of that :::sigh:::



  67. 67

    WELL - HE MAY BE REALLY RICH - BUT HE IS VERY CREEPY LOOKING. HE IS A VERY SHORT - SMALL LITTLE MAN THAT LOOKS MORE LIKE A HOBBIT THAN THE SUPERSTAR ROCK-N-ROLL DRUMMER THAT HE IS!!

  68. trix says – reply to this


    68

    14 mil for a painting?..I think that's crazy, but whatever.People should be able to spend their money how they please.



  69. 69

    lol "i gots a painting"

    but DAMN i could be rich with that he should have given it to me.



  70. 70

    Go Lars!

    Den sejsete dansker i lang tid!!

    (the coolest dane in a long time)



  71. 71

    He still pisses me off from when he outed the napster kid, he lost cool points big time. If he has so much money then why was he bitching



  72. 72

    Re: guilty of being white – Oh for what? Like one record? Then dead guy Jason carried them as I said! And Kirk is GAY! Ask anyone up north!



  73. 73

    Jean Michel would be highly amused to know his paintings were fetching that kind of money. Then again, it's not as if he will be making any more art, is it?
    Dead at 28. Hopeless junkie.



  74. 74

    Beatle juice!



  75. 75

    good for him, if i was rich i'd buy anything i wanted and not give ANY to charity! Phuck the people on welfare, it sucks bad enough having to support their lazy asses with my taxes.



  76. 76

    I neeeeeds the Preeeeccciooouusss!!! Lars looks like fukin' Gollum - and he acts like it too.
    Lars is a total ass-maggot!



  77. 77

    if you only knew the things i would do to own a basquiat



  78. 78

    F- You LARS

    Your the reason we can't download music for free you greedy mother F-er.



  79. 79

    OMG - HE LOOKS JUST LIKE GOLLUM - from LORD OF THE RINGS - ITS UNCANNY - Hillareous !!!! or Did someone misplace thier left testicle - He is Indeed an Ugly Fellow !!!



  80. 80

    FcUK i Love This Guy Man
    I always Wanted to be a Drummer Like him And ( Joey Jordison)
    And A ARTIST . !



  81. 81

    OMG! He has a big ass head!lol!



  82. 82

    holy crap. that painting is insanely famous. prob one of basquiats biggest. does lars really have THAT much money to be dropping it on dead 80s graffiti artists?



  83. 83

    He may be an art collector and filthy rich, but he's wearing DOUBLE DENIM.



  84. 84

    Nothing is worse than when old singers come back. Do us all a favor and stay away and let us remember you when you were hot and could actually sing. That Stwert guy needs to forget it already.



  85. 85

    awww
    lil miss anarchy buys her some
    dang art.
    what fakes.