Painting, potentially by Haring, sells for ‘disappointing’ $1,525 on eBay

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A 7-foot painting that was marketed as potentially the work of famed pop artist Keith Haring has sold for more than $1,500 on eBay.

The seller was a Pennsylvania man, Ed Oswald, who believes the painting titled Hope to be an original Haring. But the late artist’s cousin, Kermit Oswald, one of the world’s leading authorities on Haring’s work, says it’s a knockoff.

As a result, the eBay listing did not claim Hope is the genuine article. Instead, the description said buyers were bidding on a painting that looked remarkably like Haring’s work.

Auctioneer Norb Novocin says the winning bid of $1,525 was submitted by a Massachusetts woman. He says he’s disappointed it didn’t command a higher price.

Haring, a native of Berks County, Pa., who found fame in New York City, mounted shows worldwide before his 1990 death from AIDS at age 31.

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