David Hockney painting sells for $90.3m, a record for a living artist

Photo of David Hockney painting sells for $90.3m, a record for a living artist
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Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) beats $58.4m record set by Jeff Koons image

A celebrated swimming pool painting by the British modern artist David Hockney sold for $90.3m in New York on Thursday, setting a new auction record for a living artist, the auctioneer Christie’s said.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) was snapped up after more than nine minutes of bidding, dominated by two rival telephone bidders. The previous record was held by American Jeff Koons and his Balloon Dog (Orange), which sold for $58.4m at Christie’s in 2013.

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