The Brooklyn-born rap impresario was the anonymous buyer of a quirky 1982 Basquiat painting titled "Mecca''
at Sotheby's in Manhattan last week, a source told The Post.
His hefty purchase -- an orange, white and black acrylic and oil-stick work,
features the Empire State Building under a trademark Basquiat crown.
Its estimated sale price was between $4 million and $6 million,
so the rapper got something of a steal.
Jay Z has had a love affair with the late graffiti artist and fellow Brooklyn native for several years.
Jay Z has repeatedly included in his songs references to
Basquiat who OD'd on heroin in 1988 at age 27. (New York Post