Pharrell eyes $100K clay piece at Art Basel

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Pharrell Williams showed serious interest in a $100,000 clay work by artist duo FriendsWithYou at Art Basel Miami.

We’re told the “Happy” singer stopped by the GAVLAK booth during Tuesday’s VIP preview day at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The 49-year-old entertainer showed up to the annual art fair in an all-black ensemble, sparkly sunglasses and a hat.

“He was there for about an hour,” an art source told Page Six. “He was taking photos and everything.”

The clay piece, titled “Adventus,” is framed in plexiglass and displays the words “ocean” across the bottom. 

The “Happy” singer was eyeing a piece by duo FriendsWithYou.

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The “Happy” singer was eyeing a piece by duo FriendsWithYou.

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The work also shows a small version of their 50-foot tall “Starchild” sculpture, which was erected in Miami during Art Basel.

The artwork aims to spread a message about light, power, and nature, according to a press release.

Pharrell Williams in all-black and sparkly sunglasses
Pharrell donned a pair of sparkly sunglasses at the exclusive event.
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FriendsWithYou collaborators Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III shared a photo of Pharrell’s visit to their Instagram, writing “thank you p. Ocean forever.” 

Pharrell also shared several photos and videos featuring the piece to his Instagram Story. 

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Sources say Pharrell was at the art show for “about an hour.”
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Dozens of other celebrities also flocked to the VIP preview day, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who showed interest in a few edgy artworks.

Page Six exclusively reported that the “Titanic” star, 48, was we looking at a piece on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a painting of what appeared to be a kinky alien lap dance. 

Carson Guo, Pharrell Williams and Bob Guo at Miami Art Basel
The singer was just one of many celebs that flocked to Art Basel Miami this year.
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“You know how some people lower their glasses when they’re inspecting art?” a spy said. “That’s what happens with Leo’s mask. It kept sliding down when he was looking at the work.”

Other stars at the fair included Jon Bon Jovi, Martha Stewart and Sylvester Stallone.


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