Madonna poses in front of an original piece of artwork by her former flame Jean-Michel Basquiat

She has been mining her rich and storied past while putting together a screenplay that covers her humble beginnings and meteoric rise to fame.

And Madonna unearthed yet another treasured item from her bygone era on Thursday, in the form of an original piece of artwork by the late legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom she dated in the early Eighties before becoming the icon she is today.

The Queen of Pop, who turns 63 next month, wore a black Madame X cowboy hat and sexy black ensemble for several Instagram selfies in front of the framed drawing, which featured a self portrait of the artist, a dog and a 10 pound weight along with the words ‘not for sale’ in quotation marks.

Mining her past: Madonna unearthed yet another treasure from her past on Thursday, in the form of a piece of artwork by late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom she dated in the Eighties

Madonna sat in front of the arresting piece of art and at one point took off her hat and faced away from the camera as she put her hand right under the frame. 

‘Visiting my past which is never gone…’ she wrote in the caption. 

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She added the hashtags #jmb, the initials of the artist, along with #research, followed by several film-related emojis to denote her continued research and preparation for her upcoming biopic, which is already listed as in pre-production on IMDb.

Basquiat was a vital part of Madonna‘s famous history, as the pair were known to have dated circa 1982, when she was still an up-and-coming dancer and singer in the New York City club scene.

Posing: The Queen of Pop wore a black Madame X cowboy hat and black ensemble for Instagram selfies in front of the drawing, which featured a self portrait of the artist, a dog and a 10 pound weight

Basquiat was already well established at the time, as a graffiti and street artist who embraced counterculture and became the youngest-ever artist to exhibit at the Whitney Biennial that same year. 

Previous Instagram posts even showed a vintage photo of the pair from that time, stuck up on the wall amongst other images making up more of Madonna’s ‘research’. 

Basquiat would later die of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. 

Madonna also had a close connection with another influential artist of the era, Keith Haring.

Showing respect: Madonna sat in front of the arresting piece of art and at one point took off her hat and faced away from the camera as she put her hand right under the frame

The pair were roommates in the early Eighties, with Madonna apparently crashing on Keith’s couch when she couldn’t make rent elsewhere.

Earlier this year, a refrigerator door known to have originated at Haring’s downtown Manhattan apartment was auctioned off — and experts believe two of the many doodles and tags on the door were scrawled there by Basquiat and Madonna themselves.

Madonna has always had a deep and abiding reverence for artists from all walks of life, herself included.

Look in the upper left: Basquiat was a vital part of Madonna‘s famous history, as the pair were known to have dated circa 1982, when she was still up-and-coming in the NYC club scene

A better look: Previous Instagram posts even showed a vintage photo of the pair from that time, along with more art from Basquiat beneath it, stuck up on the wall amongst other images making up more of Madonna’s ‘research’

On her Instagram Stories on Thursday, she included photos of her twin daughters Stella and Estere posing on her couch in front of various Basquiat inspired doodles, above a caption which read, ‘art is life’.

Madonna, meanwhile, has been working on the screenplay for her biopic for several months now, at first collaborating with Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.

In addition to cowriting the project, the Material Girl is also listed as director and producer.

Madonna has always had a deep and abiding reverence for artists from all walks of life: On her Instagram Stories on Thursday, she included photos of her twin daughters Stella and Estere posing on her couch in front of various Basquiat inspired doodles

And while that film will surely take several more months if not years before it sees the light of day, another film featuring Madonna is set to premiere much sooner.

Her Madame X concert documentary, which covers her 2019-2020 small venue theatrical tour, is coming to Paramount+ on October 8th.

The tour traveled throughout the US in the fall of 2019 before heading to Europe in Spring 2020, where it was cut short in Paris, France due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Madonna has been working on the screenplay for her biopic for several months now: In addition to cowriting the project, the Material Girl is also listed as director and producer

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