Kanye West Paintings from his High School Art Class Appraised for Thousands of Dollars


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Kanye West’s art portfolio from his freshman high school class could be worth thousands of dollars. Last week on an episode of PBS show Antiques Roadshow, art specialist Laura Woolley determined that some paintings from Ye could fetch between $16,000 to $23,000 dollars.

“I think these pieces demonstrate an extraordinary facility as an artist, and I selected this grouping because it shows the different mediums he was working in,” Woolley said while examining the individual pieces. “On this one we have, obviously, graphite. This is an unfinished piece, we have graphite again. It looks like we have gouache over there on board, and this is a technique we call scratchboard, where you have color pigment laid down, and then you cover it with a black ink and then it’s scraped away to create an image underneath. And they’re all really exceptionally well done.”

The artwork was brought to the show by Damien Dziepak, who is married to Kanye’s cousin Stephan Scoggins. Dziepak said that Scoggins received the paintings after Kanye’s mother Donda West died in 2007. To read more about this story click here.

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