Yale University's Basquiat Book May Not Only be Missing But Also Fake

By - Thursday, September 27th, 2012

A complex legal battle is brewing involving Shannon Dawson, Al Diaz and Yale University’s purchase and appraisal of a personal notebook belonging to the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. A lawsuit was launched by Dawson and Diaz in May of 2012, stating that August Beinecke is passing off their high school scribblings as priceless Basquiat juvenilia, and that the book is stolen property. According to Diaz and Dawson, Diaz’s contribution to SAMO© was much more than he has been given credit for. Diaz, who along with Dawson says, “I introduced [Basquiat] to graffiti, he wasn’t a homeboy that was going to come up with a nickname, we all hit on the idea of SAMO as a study in hype, but then he kind of took it ran with it.” Who knows whats going on but it sounds like a big mess, you can check out the full post on Animal New York. Photo: Beinecke Library Source: Animal New York

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