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10 of the most expensive artworks sold on auction in 2020

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Auctioneer Oliver Barker brought the hammer down on David Hockney’s landmark pool painting ‘The Splash’, which achieved £23.1 million / $29.8 million – the third highest price for a work by David Hockney at auction and eight times that achieved when the painting last sold at auction in 2006 for £2.9 million / $5.4 million at Sotheby's on February 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby's )
Auctioneer Oliver Barker brought the hammer down on David Hockney’s landmark pool painting ‘The Splash’, which achieved £23.1 million / $29.8 million – the third highest price for a work by David Hockney at auction and eight times that achieved when the painting last sold at auction in 2006 for £2.9 million / $5.4 million at Sotheby's on February 11, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Bowles/Getty Images for Sotheby's )

Price: $84.6 million

In 1987 Norwegian billionaire Hans Rasmus Astrup acquired the work after artist Bacon created it in 1981. Initially shopped around through private listings, the work made its auction block premiere this year. 

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