Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The painting used as a cover for one of the legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye’s albums has sold for $15.3 million at auction.
Christie’s Auctions confirmed that the hilarious Ernie Barnes painting “The Sugar Shack”, which depicts a frenzied ballroom scene, was purchased by Bill Perkins, a hedge fund manager and entrepreneur, 10 minutes after bids began with more than 22 bidders.
According to Christie’s, the final sale price of “The Sugar Shack” was 27 times the highest price ever achieved by Barnes’ work. It also exceeded the estimated selling price between 150 and 200 thousand dollars.
Born in North Carolina in 1938 (died 2009), Barnes often drew from his own experiences growing up in the American South during the Jim Crow era, to relay black social events and scenes from their daily lives.
In a 2002 interview, the weekly Oakland Tribune described Barnes as “the Picasso of the world of black art”, and the artist said at the time that the idea for “The Sugar Shack” was inspired by his recollection of his childhood and “not being able to go dancing where I wanted to dance when I was 11.” general”.
“The Sugar Shack” was widely popular, thanks in part to its use as a cover for Guy’s 1976 disc “I Want You” and as a poster for the four seasons of the sitcom Good Times, which dealt with the lives of a poor family in housing projects. Chicago.
Barnes was a professional American football player before becoming a painter. Many of his artworks depict sports scenes, such as basketball and football matches. “I paint when ideas come, and I see their reflection in our common humanity,” Barnes told the Oakland Tribune in 2002.
Barn’s work has appeared on other album covers over the years, including the cover of The Crusaders in 1984 and BB King’s 2000 album “Making Love is good for you”.