This undated photo provided by Christie's Images Ltd. 2018, shows a painting by David Hockney entitled "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)." Christie's expects the painting to set a new record for a work by a living artist sold at auction, in their November 2018 sale. The previous record was held by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. (Christie's Images Ltd. 2018 via AP)

David Hockney painting expected to break auction records

September 12, 2018 - 11:06 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by the British artist David Hockney is expected to sell for some $80 million at Christie's, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.

Hockney's 1972 "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)," one of his famous "pool paintings," is considered one of his premier works and will come to auction in November. It has long been held by a private collector.

The previous record for a work by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

Christie's has estimated the work at about $80 million, but experts there expect it to sell for more.