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Hockney painting fetches record €70m at auction

A painting by David Hockney has sold for $90.3m (?70m) in New York, breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.
Hockney's 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) was described by Christie's in New York as "the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives" before it went under the hammer.The previous record for a work by a living artist was set by American Jeff Koons for one of his Balloon Dog sculptures which sold for $58.4m (€45.6m) in 2013.
Hockney painting fetches record €70m at auction

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Hockney's iconic 1972 painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)
Portrait of an Artist was sold to an unknown buyer and the identity of the seller is also unconfirmed.Bradford-born Hockney, 81, was inspired to paint the picture by two photographs he found on his studio floor, one of a swimmer in Hollywood in 1966 and another of a boy staring at an item on the ground.
Hockney painting fetches record €70m at auction

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Hockney went to live in California in the 1960s
His painting depicts two men, one swimming under water while the other watches from the side of the pool.
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