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David Hockney's 'The Splash' makes £23.1 million at Sotheby's London
David Hockney's breath-taking The Splash sold for £23,117,000/ $29,820,930 / €27,509,230 (est. £20-30 million) – the third highest price for the artist. Executed in 1966, the landmark pool painting first appeared at auction in Sotheby’s London salesroom in 1973, and again in 2006 when it sold for £2.9 million / $5.4 million – a record price for Hockney at the time. Courtesy Sotheby's.



LONDON.- Seminal pop art painting "The Splash" by David Hockey sold for £23.1 million ($29.8 million) at a London auction on Tuesday, the third highest price paid for a work by the British artist.

"The Splash", which was painted in 1966, depicts the moment just after a diver has broken the surface of a swimming pool, capturing the fantasy Californian lifestyle.

"Not only is this a landmark work within David Hockney's oeuvre, it's an icon of Pop that defined an era and also gave visual identity to LA," said Emma Baker, head of the contemporary art sale at London's Sotheby's auction house.

Sotheby's also called the work "a quintessential example of Hockney's lifelong fascination with the texture, appearance and depth of water".

The price, bid by an unknown buyer, is nearly eight times that achieved when the work last sold at auction for £2.9 million in 2006.

Yorkshire-born Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sold for over $90 million in New York in 2018, an auction record at the time for a work by a living artist.

The same year, his "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica" sold for $28.5 million.

NOTABLE MOMENTS
Fresh to auction, ADRIAN GHENIE’S The Arrival soared over the high estimate to achieve £4,184,500 / $5,401,353 / €4,962,380 (est. £2.5-3.5 million). The top 11 prices for the artist have been set since 2016.

In the year of his 100th birthday, WAYNE THIEBAUD’S Californian Fruit Stand achieved a juicy £1,815,000 / $2,342,802 / €2,152,401 (est. £800,000-1,200,000). Having remained in the same European collection since the 1960s, the auction follows the artist’s record-breaking sale at Sotheby’s New York last November.

In its auction debut, a new world RECORD was set for A.R. PENCK’S Welt des Adlers I (World of the Eagle I) when it sold for £531,000 / $685,415 / €629,711 (est. £300,000-500,000). The work was executed in 1981 at a pivotal moment in Penck’s career following his exodus from East Germany to West in August 1980. The previous record for the artist was £369,000 / $481,100 set at Phillips London in October 2017.

BANKSY’S Vote to Love more than doubled its pre-sale estimate when the price soared to £1,155,000 / $1,490,874 / €1,369,709 (est. £400,000-600,000). The work was prominently displayed in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 2018 with a price tag of £350 million – a reference to the Vote Leave bus which claimed Brexit would save the NHS £350 million per week.

JEAN DUBUFFET’S Episode champêtre doubled the low estimate to sell for £1,815,000 / $2,342,802 / €2,152,401 (est. £900,000-1,200,000). The artist will be the subject of a major retrospective at the Barbican from September 2020 to January 2021, sponsored by Sotheby’s.

FIVE LOTS OVER £5 MILLION:
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT’S Rubber sold for £7,487,600 / $9,664,994 / €8,879,512 (est. £6-8 million) – 23 times the price achieved for the work when it sold for €420,500 at Sotheby’s New York in 1988.

FRANCIS BACON’S Turning Figure, in the same collection for more than 30 years, sold for £7,032,000 / $9,076,906 / €8,339,218 (est. £6-8 million) in its auction debut.

An exemplar of CHRISTOPHER WOOL’S feted series of abstract monochrome paintings, Untitled achieved £6,156,809 / $7,942,283 / €7,326,602 (est. £5.5-6.5 million).

In its auction debut, YVES KLEIN’S Anthropometry, (ANT 132) realised £6,177,750 / $7,969,297 / €7,351,522 (est. £6-8 million). The painting is the first Anthropometry work to appear at auction that features two full body figures and has remained in one family collection for 35 years.

FRESH FACES
Opening the sale with a bang, JULIE CURTISS’ enchanting Witch achieved £162,500 / $209,755/ €192,708 (est. £50,000-70,000), after eight determined bidders competed for the work – tripling the low estimate. Works by Curtiss’ first appeared at auction in May 2019. Her record at auction has since been broken twice.

After seeing competition from five bidders, EDDIE MARTINEZ’S Empirical Mind State soared to £615,000 / $793,842 / €729,326 (est. £100,000-150,000) – six times the low estimate. Tonight’s sale marked the first time a work by Martinez has appeared in an evening sale at Sotheby’s London. The top 20 prices for the artist at auction were all set in 2019.










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February 12, 2020

David Hockney's 'The Splash' makes £23.1 million at Sotheby's London

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