There was a mystery many were trying to solve. Who spent $21 million on black painter Kerry James Marshall’s “Past Times” acrylic collage? Now we all know it was Diddy.

Word is Diddy was introduced to this artist’s work by Swizz Beatz. The sad thing about the purchase is Kerry James Marshall may not see any of the profits because he no longer owned rights to the painting. This purchase is one of many to bring light to an ongoing discussion of royalties in the art world.

Hopefully this new found notoriety for Kerry James Marshall leads to larger profits with future purchases of his work.

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