David Hockney painting could break a record at auction

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Prolific artist David Hockney has a painting hitting the auction block in New York at Sotheby’s on November 17th — and this could break a record for him. The six-canvas painting “Woldgate Woods 24, 25, and 26 October 2006” is expected to fetch a whopping $12 million; his current record at auction stands at $7.9 million.

The landscape depicted is of the woodland area near Bridlington, a seaside town which Hockney visited yearly prior to selling his home in 2015. It was painted over a four-day period in 2006 when Hockney was in Yorkshire caring for his aging mother.

The artwork is a part of a series of nine six-panel paintings of the same scenery throughout different seasons. According to Sotheby’s New York catalog, “”Hockney painted the nine six-canvas Woldgate Woods paintings from inside a canopy of trees at the junction of three paths, therein providing the viewer with three unique vantage points—all equally appealing and powerful to the mind’s eye.”

One can see the nine canvases as part of the contemporary art evening auction in New York later this month.