Painting by David Hockney “portrait of an artist (Pool with two figures)”Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP
David Hockney became the most expensive living artist through the sale of the painting “portrait of an artist (Pool with two figures)” at Christie’s auction. The canvas went under the hammer for a record of 90.3 million dollars, writes The Guardian on Friday, November 16.
It is noted that for the picture fought for nine minutes and two anonymous bidders. The initial price of the fabric was $ 80 million. The identity of the buyer is kept secret. According to sources, it was the British billionaire Joe Lewis. In 2018, the businessman took the 12th place in the list of the richest people in the UK, his fortune is estimated at five billion dollars.
The previous record was set by Jeff Koons and his sculpture “balloon dog (orange)”. It went under the hammer for 58.4 million in 2013.
81-year-old David Hockney is one of the most influential contemporary British artists. In the UK he is recognized as one of the most significant artists of the XX century. Hockney’s work is in the collections of major world museums worldwide, including at London’s National portrait gallery, at the art Institute in Chicago, National gallery of Australia and the Museum of modern art, Tokyo.
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