David Hockney Double Portrait Earns $49.5 M. at $104.6 M. Christie’s London Contemporary Sale
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David Hockney Double Portrait Earns $49.5 M. at $104.6 M. Christie’s London Contemporary Sale

David Hockney, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, 1969, sold for $49.5 million. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019 After a strong night at Sotheby’s on Tuesday, the London contemporary sales continued this week with an a £79.3 million ($104.6 million) evening sale at Christie’s that saw 38 of 41 lots sell, for a taut sell-through rate of about 93 percent. The most anticipated lot of the sale was David Hockney’s Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), of the famed Metropolitan Museum of Art curator seated on a pink sofa, flanked by his then-boyfriend in a trench coat, which made £37.6 million ($49.5 million) with buyer’s premium. Gerhard Richter, A B, Tower, 1987, sold for $4.12 million. Bidding began at £27 million and steadily rose by £1 million increments as a handful of bidders competing for the piece. It hammered without too much drama at £33 million, and earned some light applause from the room. The work had carried an on-request estimate that was said to be above £30 million (about $39.5 million). The seller was the estate of the late collector Barney A. Ebsworth, whose formidable collection, predominantly of mostly American modernism, has been handled by Christie’s over the past few […]

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