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Is a David Hockney etching a hot investment?

July 22, 2014

Is a David Hockney etching a good investment?

147 of the artist’s works are coming up for auction shortly

Instant expert

DAVID Hockney (born 1937) is one of the most successful living British artists and is in the news again with a show at the Royal Academy in London. As you might expect, art by Hockney is found in collections and galleries across the world.


COMING up for auction shortly are 147 works on paper including etchings, lithographs, drawings and photographs by Hockney. The sale spans more than 40 years of the artist’s career and includes works which reflect his various incarnations.

How much?

THE Hockney On Paper sale will take place at Christie’s South Kensington this Friday. It might be a good time to acquire a piece as some estimates of notable works are put as “low” as £6,000 or so. A drawing depicting his recollection of the day the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 called Viareggio has an estimate of £12,000 to £18,000. A complete set of 16 etchings of A Rake’s Progress have an ettimate of £150,000 to £200,000. In total, the sale is expected to realise in excess of £1million.

Real deal

HOCKNEY, perhaps best known for his paintings of swimming pools, left England for Los Angeles at the height of his fame and found a new level of painting in America. His Beverly Hills Housewife (which depicts his friend and art patron Betty Freeman standing on the patio of her home), was painted between 1966 and 1967 and is one of the most important works he produced. This sold for an amazing £5,281,667 at Christie’s New York a few years back.

Understanding editions:  Toulouse-Lautrec Amazone et Tonneau

Price Realized

  • £19,200
  • ($37,690)


  • £10,000 – £15,000
  • ($19,630 – $29,445)

Sale Information




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  1. July 22, 2014 11:26 am

    Reblogged this on Fine Art Painter Nicholas John Garrett and commented:

    Is a David Hockney etching a good investment?

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