David Hockney's Woldgate Woods sells for ?9.4m at auction

David Hockney's Woldgate Woods sells for ?9.4m at auction

A painting by David Hockney has sold for $11.7m (?9.4m) at an auction in New York.

The Woldgate Woods landscape depicts trees near Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The piece, measuring 10.5ft (3m) wide, is made up of six individual canvases.

Auctioneers Sotheby's said the sale had set a new record for the artist, breaking his previous auction record of $7.9m (?6.3m), set in 2009.

The work had a guide price of between $9m and $12m.

Gr?goire Billault, head of contemporary art at Sotheby's, said: "David Hockney stands alongside Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud as one of the pillars of post-war British art."


David Hockney's Woldgate Woods sells for ?9.4m at auction

Hockney, who was born in Bradford, started painting the scenes at Woldgate, a Roman Road between Bridlington and Kilham, and Warter 10 years ago.

His method of connecting multiple canvases to create one huge piece of artwork was devised because he was not able to fit the large-scale painting up the stairs of his Bridlington studio, Sotheby's said.

The picture of Woldgate Woods was included in a Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 2012.

A major retrospective of the artist's work is due to open at Tate Britain in February following his '82 Portraits and 1 Still-life' show at the Royal Academy earlier this year.



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