One of David Hockney's most-famous paintings has broken the world record price for a work by a living artist.
The sale eclipsed the previous record held by United States artist Jeff Koons.
There's a new record for a painting by a living artist.
The Hockney had been estimated at an already-staggering $80 million.
The sale come six months after his "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica sold for $28.5 million".
Lewis declined a guarantee despite offers of about $80 million, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the details are private.
Hockney's painting was sold at a Christie's auction in NY with the painting having increased in value from the modest $18,000 that Hackney's NY dealer fetched for it in 1972. That is an unconventional approach because bidding technically can start at US$1. After it was announced last week, "everyone was ringing to leave a bid", said Christie's President Jussi Pylkkanen, the evening's auctioneer.
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The packed sales room in NY broke into applause when the hammer fell, with the buyer's premium and commission taking the final price to $90.3m.
The painting was bought by a client of Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas. "I always loved swimming pools, all the..." The hilly landscape behind them was inspired by the South of France.
One of the two figures in the 1972 painting is artist Peter Schlesinger, Hockney's then-lover and "muse" who appeared in several of Hockney's canvases.
"It has all the elements that you would want in a Hockney painting", Rotter said in an interview.
"He is someone who has an extraordinary eye", said Pylkkanen, who has known Lewis for years.
It was standing room only in the packed sales room at Christie's in NY, where a smattering of applause broke out when the sale concluded, the painting hammering for $80 million. Auctions of lower-priced art continue Friday at Christie's.