NEW YORK (AP) — A monumental landscape by David Hockney set an auction record for the British artist at Sotheby's contemporary art sale Thursday evening.
"Woldgate Woods, 24, 25, 26 October, 2006" sold for $11.7 million. The previous auction record for Hockney was $7.9 million, set in 2009
Paintings by Gerhard Richter, Willem de Kooning and Jean-Michel Basquiat also generated spirited bidding
Hockney's autumnal scene is part of a series of paintings inspired by the countryside of Yorkshire, England. The painting, measuring over 10 feet wide, is composed of six connected canvases. Sotheby's said Hockney devised the method because of the narrow staircase of his studio.
It was included in a Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 2012. Next February, the Tate Britain is planning a retrospective of the artist's works.
Two works by Richter, the German abstract painter, garnered over $56 million.
"A B, St. James," a richly textured painting of red, orange, yellow, green and aquamarine blue, belongs to a series of "London Paintings" that Richter created after visiting England's capital city in 1987. It is one of five executed with a horizontal orientation. It sold for $22.7 million.
"A B, Still" is a brighter work dominated by a fiery red and cool blue with yellow scattered across the canvas. It sold for just under $34 million.
A monumental six-panel frieze by Basquiat titled "Brother's Sausage" fetched $18.6 million. The young artist created it in 1983, touching on themes of prejudice, inequality and greed.
Sotheby's said "Untitled," an expressive oil painting bursting with color by de Kooning from 1976-1977 brought in $10.3 million.