"The Splash" (1966)by
David Hockey sold for £23.1 million at Sotheby's in London on February 11, 2020,
the third highest price paid for a work by the British artist.
Splash", which was painted in
1966, depicts the moment just after a diver has broken the surface of a
Californian swimming pool.
price was almost eight times that achieved when the
work last sold at auction for £2.9 million in 2006 while 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
Meanwhile, Adrian Ghenie's The Arrival went over the high estimate to achieve £4,184,500 and Wayne Thiebaud's Californian Fruit Stand sold for £1,815,000. Then, 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. The work was
executed in 1981 at a crucial moment in Penck's career following his exodus
from East to West Germany in August 1980. The previous record for the artist was
£369,000 set at Phillips London in October 2017.
to Love more than doubled its pre-sale estimate when the price climbed to
£1,155,000 while Jean Dubuffet's Episode
champêtre doubled its low estimate to
Jean Michel Basquiat's Rubber sold
for £7,487,600, 23 times the price achieved for the work when it sold for
€420,500 at Sotheby's New York in 1988 while Francis Bacon's Turning Figure, in the same collection
for more than 30 years, sold for £7,032,000.
One of Christopher Wool's abstract monochrome
painting, Untitled achieved
£6,156,809 and Yves Klein's Anthropometry, (ANT 132) went for £6,177,750. The painting was the
first Anthropometry work to appear at auction that features two full body
figures and has remained in one family collection for 35 years.
Julie Curtiss' enchanting
Witch achieved £162,500 against an estimate
of between £50,000-70,000). Works by Curtiss' first appeared at auction in May
2019. Her record at auction has since been broken twice. In addition, Eddie
Martinez's Empirical Mind State
climbed to £615,000 against a high estimate of 150,000)