Mural from Keith Haring’s childhood home in Kutztown sells for six figures

September 15 – A small painting that renowned artist Keith Haring scrawled on the wall of his childhood home in Kutztown has sold at auction for $143,750.

The gold version of Haring’s “Radiant Baby” was painted by the artist on a royal blue tin wall just above a light switch. It was probably created during a visit from Haring to see his parents after he left home.

The small room, which was painted in what would have been Haring’s childhood bedroom, is about four inches high and five inches wide.

The artwork was sold by the house’s current owners, Angela and Scott Garner, who purchased the Victorian Whiteoak Street home where Haring grew up nearly two decades ago.

It was included in the Rago/Wright Postwar and Contemporary Art Fall Auction, held Wednesday at Rago Auctions in Lambertville, NJ

The sale price for the lot – which also included a pair of Haring posters the Garners found in the house and a set of four lockers built by Haring’s father – far exceeded expectations. The set was estimated to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000.

The Garners said the mural was a major selling point when they bought the house in 2004. It was a popular talking point, Scott Garner said, and even drew visits from curious art students. from nearby Kutztown University.

The couple said they decided to sell the piece to help pay for tuition for their son, Reed, who is currently in high school. The family will receive $115,000 of the sale price.

“We’re very pleased, of course, with the $115,000 sale,” Scott Garner said Thursday. “It’s been 18 years of patience and months of hard work. And we’re thrilled for our son.”

Reed Garner visited the piece at the auction house before it sold. He said he took a moment to thank Haring and hoped to see the “Radiant Baby” again sometime in the future.

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