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Hockney 'Beverly Hills Housewife' Sets Auction Record for Artist


David Hockney's 1966 painting "Beverly Hills Housewife", which depicts art patron Betty Freeman, sold for $7.9 million at Christie's last night:

"The 12-foot double canvas shows the pink-sheathed collector on her patio, flanked by a zebra-print Corbusier lounge chair, and an abstract sculpture. It was featured in a 2006 exhibition of Hockney portraits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The previous auction record for a Hockney was $5.35 million for "The Splash," a 1966 swimming pool painting once owned by movie mogul David Geffen. It sold in London in 2006 at Sotheby's."

Hockney, who is 71, has recently taken to painting on his iPhone.

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