Phillips to Offer Basquiat and Hirst Works From Tommy Hilfiger’s Collection This Fall

The fashion icon says pop art is a true passion.

Jean Dubuffet, Le Gommeux (1972) in Tommy Hilfiger’s Miami Home. © Douglas Friedman.

Phillips auction house announced it will sell five works from the collection of fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, at its upcoming fall auctions in November.

The fashion designer clearly has a taste for contemporary art stars, since Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Dubuffet, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring all make appearances.

Together, the works have a combined estimate of $5.65 million to $8.85 million.

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Devil’s head) in Tommy Hilfiger’s New York apartment © Trent McGinn/Trunk Archive

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (Devil’s head) (1983) in Tommy Hilfiger’s New York apartment. © Trent McGinn/Trunk Archive.

Phillips notes that Hilfiger “ran in the same circles as Andy Warhol in the 1980s,” adding in a statement that the designer surrounded himself with art as he built his career. Its safe to assume that the auction house is betting on the fashion designer’s reputation to make the blue-chip works even more appealing to interested bidders.

Hilfiger said collecting Pop and contemporary art is one of his “true passions,” and that after meeting Warhol in the 1980s, he became inspired by the works created in the pop art era. “I’m excited to be able to share these important works with others who can be inspired by their brilliance as I have for so many years,” said Hilfiger in a statement.

The works on offer will include: Basquiat’s Untitled (Devil’s head) (1987) which is estimated at $3 million to $5 million; Damien Hirst’s Disintegration – The Crown of Life (2006) which is estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million; two works by Keith Haring that will be offered as one lot,  Snake and Man and Dogs and Men (both 1983), estimated at $700,000 to $1 million; Jean Dubuffet’s Le Gommeux (1972) estimated at $700,000 to $1 million; and Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians (1986), a set of 10 prints estimated at $250,000 to 350,000.

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