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U2's Clayton set for £1.2m payday as artwork is sold

By Sherna Noah

A work of art owned by U2 bassist Adam Clayton is expected to fetch £1.2m at auction.

Clayton (56) has owned the Jean-Michel Basquiat self-portrait Untitled (1982), in which a tear drops from the artist's eye, for more than 25 years.

The U2 star bought the work shortly after his arrival in New York and less than two years after Brooklyn-born Basquiat's death.

The self-portrait, made from oil stick on paper, shows his arms appearing "to pierce his body like an arrow".

The work will go under the hammer at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction in King Street, London on March 7.

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