David Hockney pool painting sets new auction record

On Nov. 15, 2018, British artist David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90.3 million at Christie's.
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David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures)

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures). Acrylic on canvas, 84" by 120". Sold for $90.3 million at Christie’s, New York, Nov. 15, 2018. Photo courtesy Christie’s Images

On Nov. 15, 2018, British artist David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90.3 million. The sale was during Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York City.

The painting is now the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. This beats the $58.4 million record previously set by Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog in 2013.

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. In November 2016, Hockney’s “Soldgate Woods” sold through Sotheby’s in New York for $11.7 million. And in May 2016, the artist’s large-scale oil painting titled Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica sold for $28.453 million. (That sale was also at Sotheby’s.)

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