Hockney sets a record

David Hockney’s $90.3-million pool painting obliterates auction record for work by a living artist

When the hammer came down at Christie’s in New York on Thursday evening, it made more of a splash than a bang. David Hockney’s 1972 painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” had gone for just over $90 million, an auction sale record for a living artist.