This is a rare hand beaded bag by Valentino and identical to the one seen on the catwalk. Brand new. Using a rainbow of colors of pearlized petal pink, very rich turquoise, emerald green, champagne and black with touches of white in a sequined graffiti print paying homage to the eighties art star Jean-Michel Basquiat. A good size for an evening bag and can contain a small purse or wallet, and cosmetics etc. Substantially and fully lined.

Valentino's 2006 Collection contained various designs dedicated to the memory of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I attached a runway photo with the model carrying the bag if you look close.

Measures: 9 1/2"W x 6"H x approx 2"D. 8" drop.(you can actually wear it over your shoulder quite comfortably). Fairly wide strap is very substantial of heavy woven silver metal and adorned with 12 prong set 1" by 3/4" faceted rectangles either of black onyx or Swarovski crystals.

Condition: excellent; brand new; includes dustcover

About the Artist:

By the age of 24 Jean-Michel would be a veteran of one-man shows under the guidance of such notable art dealers as Nosei, Larry Gagosian, Mary Boone and Bruno Bischofberger. Bischofberger introduced Jean-Michel's art overseas as well as orchestrated the joint collaboration of Warhol and Basquiat in 1985 which involved some 60 works.

"In 1981, Jean-Michel Basquiat catapulted from being an unknown nineteen year-old graffiti writer to becoming one of the most successful, controversial, glamorous artists in the world. His shows were anticipated as the big events of the New York season, and his paintings were bought by the most powerful collectors and museums. Every aspect of his life became a subject for the media. By 1988, he was dead at the age of 27. Jean-Michel Basquiat was described by The New York Times as "the art world's closest equivalent to James Dean. In spite of his success, this turbulent and talented young painter was also plagued by loneliness, self-destruction and the belief that people did not really accept him for who he was. As the first black artist to really succeed in the powerful white art world, his early death shows that he was a casualty as well as a phenomenal success"....

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