$30 million paid at Sotheby's for "Splash" by David Hockney
ARTinvestment.RU   13 февраля 2020

This price allowed the film to enter the top-3 Hockney, although to a record $90,3 million it is, contrary to some predictions, has not held

the Painting, owned by Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau, — the second part of the trilogy of the most famous Hockney: "a Little splash", "Splash" and "Big splash". All three works were created by the artist in the years 1966-1967, and all he, in his usual manner, depicts a typical summer view of the pool at the moment when somebody-то dived.

Today, this story is one of the most important in the artist's work, and the scale (242,5 × 243,9) "Big splash" that mimic the composition of 1966, 1981 and is in the permanent exhibition of the Tate Museum in London. Perhaps the pool of "High" shown on "record" the work "portrait of an artist (Pool with two figures)" 1972, sold in 2018-м for $90,3 million

Joseph Lau bought a "Surge" for £2.9 million in 2006, and since then it didn't. Thus, for the last 14 years the price of mail increased 8 times, and the income of the Joseph Lau was about $20 million, Adding that currently the Chinese real estate tycoon, whose fortune is estimated to $8 billion, hidden from justice in Hong Kong, being convicted by the Macau court of bribery. Among the most high-profile acquisitions made earlier Lau, — "Mao" by Andy Warhol ($17.4 million, 2006) and the brilliant "Blue moon" ($48.4 million, 2015).

Sale "Splash" by David Hockney became the main event of the first after the "Breccia" the evening auction of postwar and contemporary art Sotheby's in London. It is not only price and investment component, but also the status of the work: "It is not only a landmark work in his oeuvre, but the icon pop-арта, which defined an era and gave visual identity Los-Анджелесу", — says Emma Baker, head of Sotheby's Modern Art Evening Sale.

Recall that David Hockney is second in the list of most expensive living artists on AI .

Sources: bloomberg.com, theguardian.com, artinvestment.ru

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