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The basin painting made by the British painter David Hockney set a record price for a living artist at a $ 90 million auction (almost 80 million euros) at the New York auction. Obraz "Portrait of the artist (swimming pool with two figures)" was auctioned at night for now for exactly 90.3 million dollars, said the auction house Christie & # 39; s with buyers wants initially anonymous, acrylic painting created in 1972 shows two men – one of them swims in the pool and the other one is on the edge of the pool.
81-year-old Hockney replaces 63-year-old Jeff Koons as the dearest living artist. American Koons broke the record in 2013 with his sculpture "Balloon Dog", which was also sold at Christie & # 39; s in New York for 58.4 million dollars (then 43.6 million euros).
Record also outside the home
During the auction in New York, a snow card appeared in front of the auction house: it fell by about 16 centimeters – more than one day in November was not measured for at least 136 years.
Nevertheless, dozens of people gathered at the auction house, including gallery owner Larry Gagosian and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. A lot of people suggested a photo of Hockney, after all, two telephone bidders competed for nine minutes. The picture salesman is said to be in line with US media reports for British billionaire Joe Lewis. Christie did not want to confirm it at first.
Hockney sale was the highlight of this year's autumn auctions, but even earlier, demand and prices were high and many records were set. The work of the German artist Gerhard Richter "Abstract Picture" from 1987 was sold at Sotheby & # 39; s for about 32 million dollars (about 28 million euros). The painting of American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) – "Chop Suey" – set a new record for the artist in Christie & # 39; s with around 92 million dollars. Earlier, Sotheby & # 39; s auctioned the work of Belgian painter René Magritte (1898-1967) for around 26.8 million dollars – also an auction auction for the artist.