Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

David Hockney painting fetches record $ 90 million at NYC auction

David Hockney painting fetches record $ 90 million at NYC auction

This breaks the record set by Jeff Koons, whose "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

The painting in question, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" went on sale as part of Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

Christie's had estimated the 1972 oil painting at $80 million and called the Hockney "one of the great masterpieces of the modern era".

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) shows a man in a swimming pool and another man in a red blazer standing by the pool and looking down.

The 1974 biopic "A Bigger Splash" documented its creation, and Hockney himself wrote about the painting in detail in 1988's "David Hockney by David Hockney: My Early Years".

Here are some of the other works of art which have collected record sums.

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A David Hockney painting shattered auction records by more than $30 million on Thursday. Forbes estimates the 81-year-old's fortune at $5 billion (€4.4 billion). "The idea of painting two figures in different styles appealed so much that I began immediately", Hockney explained.

In his 70s he returned to Yorkshire, where he produced a stunning series of landscapes capturing the changing seasons.

But the artist was nearly denied his RCA diploma because he did not complete an essay, an act of rebellion as he felt he should be judged exclusively on his art.

The Hockney had been taken on tour to drive up potential buyer interest, in Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles.

It was first sold for $18,000 and has since become Hockney's most iconic oeuvre. Hockney was working on the painting at the time their relationship was ending.

Often a non-conformist, Hockney has spoken out about the UK's smoking ban, calling it "mean-spirited".

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