New York – cult painting by British painter David Hockney was sold to Christie's in New York on Thursday for $ 90.3 million. The prize is a record for the work of a living artist.
Acrylic painting "Portrait of an artist (two-picture pool)" dethrone is a Jeff Koons sculpture "Balloon dog (orange)". The plant was sold in 2013 for $ 58.4 million, also in Christie's in New York.
The auction was quick: if the starting price was $ 18 million, bids exceeded $ 50 million after only 30 seconds. After nine minutes and rival competition between two bidders, the image was then sold for $ 80 million. Including auction fees, the price is $ 90.3 million.
Picture 1972 on canvas is one of the most famous parts of today's 81-year-old Hockney and has a cult status. In the painting from 2.13 to 3.05 meters, a magically dressed man stands on the edge of a swimming pool watching the swimmer, in the background an idyllic mountain landscape. The picture includes two central elements of Hocknei's art: pools and double portraits.
The viewer is the former lover of Hockney Peter Schlesinger, with whom Hockney happens between 1966 and 1972. The swimmer could have been the new lover of Schlesinger, said Kristin Expert Aleks Roter.
Hocknei is considered one of the most important contemporary artists. His most expensive auction auction was "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica" in 1990, which in May increased about $ 28 million.