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David Hockney Painting Sells For $90 Million Breaks Auction Record For Living Artist

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David Hockney Painting Sells For $90 Million Breaks Auction Record For Living Artist
A painting by British artist David Hockney has been sold at Christie's in New York on Thursday night for $90 million an auction record for a work by a living artist.Among his well known "pool paintings," ''Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" considered one of his premier works. 

Bidding on the 1972 painting opened at $18 million and immediately outperformed the past record held by "Inflatable Dog (Orange)," a piece by Jeff Koons that sold for $58 million in 2013.Hockney's painting, portrayed by Christie's as a "gem," was sold in less than 10 minutes. 

Alex Rotter, co-director of post-war and contemporary craftsmanship at Christie's, said in September. He noticed that it reflects both the European and the American viewpoints of an artist who came to live in sunny California during the '60s, and considered himself to be living on both continents.

"It has all the elements that you would want in a Hockney painting," Rotter said in an interview. He noted that writers have referred to the swimming pool as being sort of a self-portrait of Hockney, though he never confirmed that, just saying he was fascinated to paint moving water.

The painting, whose purchaser was not immediately uncovered, had been for some time held by a private collector. 

The artist abandoned the painting in 1971 preceding coming back to the thought the next year. It was finished the prior night being transported to New York's Andre Emmerich Gallery for exhibition.

Cover Image : Don Emmert | AFP | Getty Images

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