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David Hockney painting fetches $90.3 million, shattering auction record for a living artist

The 1972 painting by Hockney, now 81, is “the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives,” Alex Rotter, co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s, said in September. He noted that it reflects both the European and the American perspectives of an artist who came to live in sunny California in the ’60s, and saw himself as living on both continents.