Number 17A

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Number 17A
ArtistJackson Pollock
TypeOil paint on fiberboard
Dimensions112 cm × 86.5 cm (44 in × 34.1 in)
LocationPrivate collection of Kenneth C. Griffin

Number 17A is an abstract expressionist painting by American painter Jackson Pollock, from 1948.

The painting is oil paint on fiberboard and is a drip painting, created by splashing paint onto a horizontal surface. It was painted a year after Jackson Pollock introduced his drip technique. The piece was featured in the August 1949 edition of Life that made Jackson Pollock a celebrity.[1]

It is owned by hedge fund manager Kenneth C. Griffin, who purchased it in September 2015 from David Geffen for $200 million, a then record-breaking price, at which time it was lent to the Art Institute of Chicago.[2][3] As of September 2022, it is ranked 5th on the list of most expensive paintings.


  1. ^ "Number 17A, 1948 by Jackson Pollock".
  2. ^ Reyburn, Scott (February 26, 2016). "A Blockbuster Deal Reassures the Art World". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Kazakina, Katya (February 18, 2016). "Billionaire Griffin Pays $500 Million for Two Paintings". Bloomberg News.