Thursday , July 29 2021

Hockney Canvas Sells $ 90.3 Million Record for Living Artist

"Portrait of an Artist" has interrupted "Balloon Dog (Orange)" by Jeff Koons, sold $ 58.4 million in 2013, also at Christies in New York.

A painting by British painter David Hockney was sold for $ 90.3 million at Christie's auction on Thursday and set the record for a live artist long and ended a week's sale in New York. "Portrait of an Artist" has interrupted "Balloon Dog (Orange)" by Jeff Koons, sold $ 58.4 million in 2013, also at Christies in New York. The auction began at $ 18 million and the $ 50 million mark was reached in just 30 seconds.

The doll finally sold for 80 million dollars after just over nine minutes, the price rose to 90.3 million by adding fees and commissions during this sale, which was the last of the great fall sales in New York. "I think it's a record that will last for a long time," said Loïc Gouzer, co-chair of the post-war era, and contemporary art Christie, who with this sale has exceeded one billion dollars a week.

The sales Thursday evening.

The sales Thursday evening. DON EMMERT / AFP

Nothing of this amount will go to the painter

The painting also crushed the record for a work by the 81-year-old British painter, owned by Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica, which was acquired in May for $ 28.4 million. a sale organized by Sotheby's. None of this amount will go to the painter himself, who sold the painting in 1972 for about 20,000 dollars.

"I hope he's happy," commented David Hockney, Chris Rotter, co-chair of Christie's postwar and contemporary art. "I hope he is not sorry that we have sold him for so much money." "We can rarely say that there is an opportunity to buy the artist's best painting." (…) This time, Ana Maria Celis, vice president of post-war and contemporary divorce at Christie, says during the presentation of the painting. is regarded as "one of the greatest artifacts in modern times," said Alex Rotter, co-chairman of modern and post-war art at Christie's.

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On this large-sized tablecloth (2.13m at 3.05m), an elegant man at the pool looks thoughtfully at another swimming under the water in his direction, in the light of an idyllic landscape. trees and mountains. She has become one of David Hockney's cultures, as featured on the cover of many books about the artist. She was also one of the retrospective attractions dedicated to her in 2017, for her 80th birthday.

Record for a work by René Magritte

Hockney's record ended the big fall sales in New York, marked by a steady demand, but also a few failures. For two consecutive nights, Sunday and Monday, the star deck has not found takers, a Van Gogh estimated 40 million dollars and a work by US Marsden Hartley estimated 30 million.

Thursday, a painting by Jackson Pollock, nail of Phillips's sales, third-world house, estimated at about 18 million dollars, remained on their owners arms. "I think there's really a change in taste right now," said Edward Dolman, CEO of Phillips Auction House. "And you see it all week of sale here in New York. There is an appetite for news and contemporary art."

Signing that the interest of collectors is not denied, dozens of records were beaten this week, including non-contemporary artists such as the Belgian painter René Magritte, whose cloth "Pleasure principle" was acquired Monday to $ 26.8 million at Sotheby's Barney Ebsworth's tycoon collection, dispersed by Christie's, reached $ 323 million, ranked fourth in auction history. "I think (the market) always has a sponsor for the right things," said Dolman. "You must choose and make sure you follow the market trend."

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