Saturday 19 August 2017

David Hockney landscape goes for 11.7m dollars at auction

Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 by David Hockney has sold for 11.7 million dollars at auction (AP)
Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 by David Hockney has sold for 11.7 million dollars at auction (AP)

A monumental landscape by British artist David Hockney has sold for 11.7 million US dollars (£9.4 million) at a Sotheby's auction of contemporary art in New York.

Thursday's sale of Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006 set an auction record for Hockney.

The previous Hockney auction record was 7.9 million dollars (£6.3 million), set in 2009.

The autumnal scene is part of a series of paintings inspired by the countryside of Yorkshire.

The painting, measuring more than 10ft wide, is composed of six connected canvases.

Sotheby's says Hockney devised the method because of the narrow staircase of his studio.

Other highlights at the Thursday auction included a pair of Gerhard Richter paintings that fetched over 56 million dollars (£45 million).

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