$90,000-$130,000 Value Indicator
$80,000-$120,000 Value Indicator
¥400,000-¥630,000 Value Indicator
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$440,000-$690,000 Value Indicator
¥8,340,000-¥12,980,000 Value Indicator
$60,000-$90,000 Value Indicator
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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 99cm x W 99cm
Edition size: 200
The value of Keith Haring’s Silence Equals Death, a screenprint from 1989, is estimated to be worth between £45,000 and £70,000. Over the past five years, the hammer price ranges from £21,773 in June 2021 to £50,983 in August 2023. This artwork has shown consistent value growth, with an average annual growth rate of 27%. This signed work has an impressive auction history, having been sold 29 times at auction since its first auction sale in October 2005. The edition size of this artwork is limited to 200.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|August 2023||Swann Auction Galleries - United States||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|June 2021||Wright - United States||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|July 2020||Leonard Joel, Melbourne - Australia||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|December 2019||Koller Zurich - Switzerland||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|October 2018||Christie's New York - United States||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|October 2018||Sotheby's New York - United States||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
|May 2018||Bonhams Los Angeles - United States||Silence Equals Death - Signed Print|
Keith Haring's iconic print Silence Equals Death, completed in 1989 just a year after his tragic AIDS diagnosis, was originally produced as a fundraiser for the Outreach Fund for AIDS as an edition of 200. Recalling the empty advertising spaces on the subway where Haring produced chalk drawings early on in his career, this print shows a mass of interconnected, line-drawn figures in silver reflective ink over a florescent pink triangle.
Silence Equals Death is a direct reference to and adaptation of the AIDS activist group ACT UP’s poster of the same name, an image that became the defining image of AIDS activism in the 1980s. The central symbol of the pink triangle is an inversion of the badge worn in Nazi concentration camps to identify homosexual men. Appropriated by Gay activist groups throughout the 1980s, it is no wonder that Haring was drawn to this succinct and eye-catching symbol that holds so much moral weight.
The faceless and genderless figures that Haring depicts represent the piles of bodies observed at the liberation of concentration camps and may also allude to the thousands of tragic deaths to AIDS due to government negligence. Haring’s reworks the original ACT UP poster to reference the saying ‘See no evil, Speak no evil, Hear no evil’, with the countless figures that are layered over the triangle shown covering their eyes, mouth and ears with both hands. This motif was used to make criticise the Reagan administration’s refusal to acknowledge and discuss the AIDS crisis.