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Silence Equals Death - Signed Print by Keith Haring 1989 - MyArtBroker

Silence Equals Death
Signed Print

Keith Haring

£45,000-£70,000Value
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$90,000-$130,000 Value Indicator

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¥8,340,000-¥12,980,000 Value Indicator

$60,000-$90,000 Value Indicator

28% AAGR (5YR)

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Medium: Screenprint

Format: Signed Print

Year: 1989

Size: H 99cm x W 99cm

Edition size: 200

Signed: Yes

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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.

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Auction Results

Auction DateAuction HouseArtwork
Hammer Price
Return to Seller
Buyer Paid
August 2023Swann Auction Galleries - United StatesSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
June 2021Wright - United StatesSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
July 2020Leonard Joel, Melbourne - AustraliaSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
December 2019Koller Zurich - SwitzerlandSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
October 2018Christie's New York - United StatesSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
October 2018Sotheby's New York - United StatesSilence Equals Death - Signed Print
May 2018Bonhams Los Angeles - United StatesSilence Equals Death - Signed Print

Meaning & Analysis

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.

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