David Hockney “California Dreaming” Auction at Christie’s

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This painting by David Hockney which has been in a private collection from its conception sold at Christie’s auction house last Wednesday for $7.9 million USD.

The woman in the painting is Betty Freeman {who was the owner as well}. It’s titled “Beverly Hills Housewife” and is part of the “California Dreaming” series Hockney created in Los Angeles in the late 60’s.

I was lucky enough to view this {in digital photo form} in it’s original hanging place along with the rest of the private collection. And let me tell you, the house was off the hook cool. Untouched decor since the 1960’s. I wish I could post the photos here.

{source of this amazing photo has escaped me. apologies. but I love it}

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  • Chessa!

    May 19, 2009 |

    gorgeous. I love Hockney. SO L.A.

  • Elizabeth Marie

    May 19, 2009 |

    I love Hockney too…and I have to agree with Chessa, SO L.A. I love it.

  • Lily G.

    May 19, 2009 |

    Love it, amazing.


  • LiLu

    May 20, 2009 |


    That is all.

  • BellaCene

    May 20, 2009 |

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  • BellaCene

    May 20, 2009 |

    Love it! So unique 🙂

  • Summer

    May 20, 2009 |

    So different..Love is uniqueness..=)

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  • Solo

    May 20, 2009 |

    Awesome,love this.;D

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  • Cathy Voyage

    May 20, 2009 |

    So cool!

  • La Belette Rouge

    May 20, 2009 |

    It is so 1970’s cool. He really captures the facades of L.A. life and the light that only exists here.

  • Shauna - Blah Blah Blog

    May 20, 2009 |

    7.9 Million. Nuts.

  • ~Trish~

    May 20, 2009 |

    Wowza that’s a lotta $$ but it’s a cool picture!!

  • Chris

    May 20, 2009 |

    Very cool!

  • Saskia

    May 20, 2009 |

    I LOVE Hockney!! I went to his hometown in Yorkshire where there’s an exhibition of his theatre sets as well as a few of his photo collages… so inspiring.

    Saskia x

  • Wanderlusting

    May 20, 2009 |

    Wow, I adore the colours in that painting. How awesome is that?

  • Hanako66

    May 20, 2009 |

    that photo is so cool…you are so lucky that you got the see the home…I’ll bet it was fabulous. Hockney’s stuff is amazing.

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    May 25, 2009 |

    I had no idea (I live in a world very insulated from art), but it’s gorgeous.

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