Bacardi has just launched its third limited edition bottle of Bombay Sapphire dedicated to Jean-Michel Basquiat, embracing the mission of Basquiat Estate, owner of the image rights of Basquiat’s works and managed by the artist’s sisters, to make the art world more accessible to all.

The limited edition bottle is inspired by the period when Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in Los Angeles, and reproduces one of the earliest works of the New York artist – “Untitled (LA Painting)”, showcased to the public just once, and for the first time licensed to a consumer product.

Untitled (LA Painting) is considered one of the masterpieces of Basquiat. It depicts a skull, composed of black brushstrokes with red, yellow and white rivulets against a blue background, influenced by the surrounding remote environment of Venice Beach and the artist’s key motifs, such as the crown, the bird, the coin and the skull.

This collaboration include the creation of a new signature cocktail: the “King Meets Queen”, inspired by Basquiat’s sharp colors, stark lines and stabbing contrast of artist’s works.

The collaboration between Bombay Sapphire and the Basquiat Estate kicked off last April, when the gin brand became the official sponsor of the “Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure” exhibition in New York City. The exhibition, open until January 1st 2023, exhibit over 200 never-before-seen pieces and rarely shown works of the artist on display.