Number 17A

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Number 17A
Number 17A.jpg
ArtistJackson Pollock
Year1948; 75 years ago (1948)
TypeOil paint on fiberboard
Dimensions112 cm × 86.5 cm (44 in × 34.1 in)
LocationPrivate collection

Number 17A is an abstract expressionist painting by Jackson Pollock. 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.[1][2] As of September 2022, it is ranked 5th on the list of most expensive paintings.

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.[3]


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