Hockney painting set for record $80m

Hockney painting set for record $80m

A painting by British artist David Hockney is set to become the most expensive work by a living artist to ever be sold at auction.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is expected to fetch $80m (£61m) at auction in New York in November, according to Christie’s.

It is “one of the great masterpieces of the modern era,” Christie’s added.

The current record belongs to American Jeff Koons. His stainless steel Balloon Dog (Orange) sold for $58m in 2013.

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