It is also a matter of debate as to whether so many of Basquiat's works suffer from identity crisis, being without any title. Looking closely at "Untitled Skull," an interesting fact emerges. Near the top of the canvas, some words are scribbled in bold saying, 'Head of' and the name that followed these words was later scored. This becomes even more intriguing in the light of the belief that most of these 'heads' were Jean Michel's self-portraits. It appears that on the account of their portrayal, he himself was not comfortable with the idea of identifying with them.
Despite its 'shock' appeal and disconcerted impression, "Untitled Head," like most other Basquiat's works, carried phenomenal commercial value, commanding a staggering price of $19,000 in the year 1984, just two years after its initial price was quoted at $4,000.
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