A swimming pool painting by David Hockney could become the most valuable work of art by a living artist sold at auction.
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is estimated to be worth $80m (£61m) said Christie's, who are auctioning the painting this November. If it sells in the realm of its estimate, it would also make the 81-year-old highest-performing living artist at auction.
"Christie's is honored to offer Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which stands as one of the great masterpieces of the modern era", Rotter, co-chairman of Christie's postwar and contemporary art department, said in a statement released to press.
Anywhere near the estimate, which is almost three times the price of the most expensive Hockney sold at auction, would break the record. He noted that it reflects both the European and the American perspectives of an artist who came to live in California in the '60s, and saw himself as living on both continents. "The California landscape, the handsome trees and flowers and the sky, and then what we know him most for, which is the pool".
According to reports, the painting which depicts a swimming pool is portrayed as being sort of a self-portrait of Hockney, however, he has never confirmed it.
Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reported last month that the Portrait of an Artist is being sold by billionaire Joe Lewis, a currency trader who holds a collection boasting names like Picasso, Matisse, Bacon, and Freud.
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