At 81-years-old, David Hockney has just become the highest-selling living artist, the BBC reports. The British artist’s work — “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” — sold at Christie’s in New York for just over $90 million. This breaks the record set by Jeff Koons, whose “Balloon Dog (Orange)” sold for $58.4 million in 2013.
The bidding completed following a 10-minute battle between two aspiring buyers via telephone. The successful buyer has not been named, but after premium and commission were added, the final price for the painting clocked in at $90.3 million.
“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” was painted in 1972, and is one of Hockney’s most famous works. Apparently the piece started as two separate photographs, and was completely for an exhibition at André Emmerich Gallery in ’72.
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