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Voilà, Diddy Is Pronounced the Mystery Buyer of the $21 Million Exquisite Black Painting


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs looks on during warm-ups prior to Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

People have been wondering who purchased the breath-taking and expensive mural created by artist Kerry James Marshall, but all speculation has been put to rest.

The monumental painting named “Past Times” that symbolize a story centered around Black experiences was auctioned off on Wednesday to its buyer Mr. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs according to Marshall’s gallerist Jack Shainman who revealed the information to The New York Times.

The sale is recorded as the most ever paid for the work of an actual living Black American artist.

“I know that this work has found a home in a collection with purpose and an eye toward preserving legacy—that of Sean Combs, and that means a lot,” Shainman told NYT. The dealer added that Diddy first discovered the beautiful mural through hip-hop record producer Swizz Beatz.

The director of art museum “The Broad” Joanne Heyler, told the news outlet, “We weren’t the buyer, but wish we were.”

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