Kanye West was merely a Chicago high school kid with some significant artistic skill before he became a world-renowned cultural and musical phenomenon. Two months ago, on an episode from PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, art analyst Laura Woolley appraised five pieces of art that West created while he was a student at Polaris School for Individual Education, pricing the collection piece at around $16,000 and $23,000.
Few of the five artworks from West, including the bright gauche piece and two scratchboard works put together as one, show graphite sketches of abstract and realistic characters. The starting price of the artworks at the time was $12 for the one in black and white print, or all three for $30; and $15 apiece for a colored print, or both for $25, according to a flier showcasing West and his first art show in 1995, when he was just 17 years old.
Shortly after the passing of West’s mother in 2007, Donda West, who was a college English professor, one of West’s cousins acquired the piece, according to the episode. The artwork was assessed by his cousin’s husband, who was assured that the pieces worth will only grow to increase in the future.
Woolley then mentioned that when it comes to celebrity art, it is fascinating to note that a significant amount of the worth of such artworks may be determined by something she calls the “celebrity’s enduring legacy.” To her, as a result, a celebrity’s popularity affects the value of different pieces. And, while some may argue that West’s beliefs and career make him a controversial person, Woolley does not believe that anybody can disagree that he possesses exceptional talent, which she anticipates growing in value over time.
West then devoted a lot of time and effort to constructing a huge complex in Wyoming, collaborating with light artist James Turrell and architect Claudio Silverstein on the project.