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Hockneis Kultgemlde on auction for 80 million euros


Hockneis Kultgemlde on auction for 80 million euros

Pool with two figures: A recording for the work of a living artist.

Hakini's cult paintings at an auction of 80 million euros

Offer on Thursday in Christie's in New York Picture: APA / AFP

The auction of cult painting by British painter David Hooky set a record for the work of a living artist. "Portrait of an artist (a two-figure pool)" was auctioned at Christie's auction house in New York for $ 90.3 million (79.88 million euros).

A dispute over the drama competition

The auction was quick: if the starting price was $ 18 million, bids exceeded $ 50 million after only 30 seconds. After nine minutes and the competition of two bidders, a picture of 1972, which includes two men and a pool, was sold for $ 80 million. Including auction fees, the price is $ 90.3 million (slightly below 80 million euros).

Therefore, the previous record price for the live artist's work was obviously exceeded. The record was previously held by the sculptor of the "Balloon Dog (Orange)" by American artist Jeff Koons. At auction, it was auctioned in New York in 2013 for $ 58.4 million.

"The portrait of an artist (a two-figure pool)" is one of the most famous parts of today's 81-year-old Hockney and has a cult status. In 2.13 to 3.05 meters, a large picture stands on a magical man on the edge of the pool and watches the swimmer, in the background an idyllic mountain landscape. The viewer is the former lover of Hockney Peter Schlesinger, with whom Hockney happens between 1966 and 1972. A swimmer can be a new lover of Silesinger. The image takes over the key elements of Hockney's art: swimming pools and double portraits.

Hakini's cult paintings at an auction of 80 million euros

Christie did not want to say who was the previous owner of the works. According to Artnet's website, this includes British billionaire Joe Levis, owner of Tavistock Group investment company and Tottenham Hotspur football club.

The record price for Salvator Mundi

The highest selling price of the image ever obtained at the auction is $ 450 million (slightly below 384 million euros). The contract for Leonardo da Vinci "Salvator Mundi" on 15 November 2017 was bought by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi. However, so far it has not been presented in Louvre in the United States.

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