Beverley Hills Housewife set to smash record for artist's work

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Pilar Ordovai of Christie's, London, views Beverley Hills Housewife ahead of May's auction Pilar Ordovai of Christie's, London, views Beverley Hills Housewife ahead of May's auction

A David Hockney painting expected to fetch a record sum at auction has gone on public display.

Beverley Hills Housewife will go under the hammer in New York on May 13, and is likely to be sold for between £5 million and £7 million.

This would beat the existing record for a work by the Bradford-born artist, the £2.92 million paid for The Splash in June 2006.

The 12ft by 6ft work is as part of the collection amassed by Betty Freeman, an American philanthropist and patron of the arts, who died in January.

Housewife depicts a 1960s California woman, Miss Freeman, standing on the patio of her luxury home.

Mr Hockney, who studied at Bradford Art College, produced the work between 1966 and 1967, shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, where he visited Miss Freeman to paint her swimming pool for pieces that became the famous California Dreaming series.

Laura Paulson, Christie's deputy chairman and international director of post-war and contemporary art, said: "Beverly Hills Housewife is one of the artist's most fascinating and iconic works and remains a perfect, timeless tribute to Freeman, a modern-day Medici, who will be remembered as an influential patron of our contemporary culture."

Housewife is on show at Christie's in King Street, central London, until Thursday - only the second time the work has ever been displayed in the UK.

In addition to the Hockney, Christie's New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will feature works from Miss Freeman's collection by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

A total of 19 lots from the collection are to be sold, with a total estimate of £18 million to £28 million.

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6:12pm Mon 23 Mar 09

Osgood says...

The T&A always points out correctly that David Hockney studied at Bradford Art College. It would be interesting to know if the multi-millionaire has ever given one cent to the College that taught him to draw. Bradford Grammar School has benefited from his largesse, but has the College?
The T&A always points out correctly that David Hockney studied at Bradford Art College. It would be interesting to know if the multi-millionaire has ever given one cent to the College that taught him to draw. Bradford Grammar School has benefited from his largesse, but has the College? Osgood
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8:00pm Mon 23 Mar 09

queensbury says...

can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally
he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford
can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford queensbury
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8:55pm Mon 23 Mar 09

Patrick Bateman says...

Great picture by a great artist. The anecdotal evidence I heard from someone who's met the man suggests he was far from stuffy; down to earth and charming in fact.

Paintings are a bit pricey mind.
Great picture by a great artist. The anecdotal evidence I heard from someone who's met the man suggests he was far from stuffy; down to earth and charming in fact. Paintings are a bit pricey mind. Patrick Bateman
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9:02pm Mon 23 Mar 09

Patrick Bateman says...

Anyone check out his photo-montage of Theresa Russell at the Saltaire gallery BTW? She is HOT! (Naturally it also goes without sayng that this is also an important artistic statement etc..)
Anyone check out his photo-montage of Theresa Russell at the Saltaire gallery BTW? She is HOT! (Naturally it also goes without sayng that this is also an important artistic statement etc..) Patrick Bateman
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9:30pm Mon 23 Mar 09

Dear John says...

Osgood wrote:
The T&A always points out correctly that David Hockney studied at Bradford Art College. It would be interesting to know if the multi-millionaire has ever given one cent to the College that taught him to draw. Bradford Grammar School has benefited from his largesse, but has the College?
He could "draw" before he went there, thats why he went.
[quote][p][bold]Osgood[/bold] wrote: The T&A always points out correctly that David Hockney studied at Bradford Art College. It would be interesting to know if the multi-millionaire has ever given one cent to the College that taught him to draw. Bradford Grammar School has benefited from his largesse, but has the College? [/p][/quote]He could "draw" before he went there, thats why he went. Dear John
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7:48am Tue 24 Mar 09

tyker says...

quote "can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally
he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford"

where's almber? and what has butchering got to do with this?

and what should he do for Bradford precisely?
quote "can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford" where's almber? and what has butchering got to do with this? and what should he do for Bradford precisely? tyker
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11:37am Tue 24 Mar 09

CITY MADNESS says...

queensbury wrote:
can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford
Judging by your post considerably more than you.
[quote][p][bold]queensbury[/bold] wrote: can i say this person david hockney is a RUDE PERSON and a wally he was onec at the bradford almber and i never meat such a rude person has him and must say you aer 100% right about him hes do nothing for bradford[/p][/quote]Judging by your post considerably more than you. CITY MADNESS
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