Hockney box sells for $ 340 million and sets a record for a living artist – November 16, 2018


The portrait of artist David Hockney (a two-figure pool) achieved a record price for working in a living artist when he sold $ 340 million dollars over $ 90 million on Thursday, including taxes and charges, at the Christie auction in New York.

$ 60 million ($ 60 million), easily surpassing the previous record of $ 58.4 million paid by American Jeff Koons in 2013 for one of the "balloon dogs".

Hockney's work, founded in 1972, is considered one of the three most important pieces of the 81-year-old British artist and combines two of his favorite themes: a swimming pool and a double portrait.

The second auction was sold to Hockney, "Sprungbrett mit Schatten (Paper Pool 14)", painted in 1978, which estimated the value of $ 6 million ($ 23 million) to $ 8 million million) and ended with the purchase of more than 7 , $ 2 million ($ 27.2 million).

A British painter who became known in the United Kingdom in the 1960s became one of the most popular living artists, although his work was initially not seriously taken into account by the vivid colors and realities he uses.

However, Hockney is currently living a commercial and prominent revival thanks to three recent retrospectives, including one in the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the other in Tate Britain that broke public records.

Experts warn that Hockney's record and other sales this week, the most important season, show that the market is prone to live artists, which is a response to exorbitant prices for classical works.


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