Sketched self-portrait of David Hockney sells for 22500
Sketched self-portrait of David Hockney at first glance looks like just another childhood drawing. But look carefully at this young boy and you may recognise a famous face – David Hockney, now known as Britain’s greatest living artist. The self-portrait, which was sketched more than 50 years ago when the painter was just 17 years old, has just sold at Christie’s for more than $ 20,000.
The image was printed on a piece of cartridge paper less than 30cm wide and was produced by the young Hockney in 1954 as a school assignment.
But despite its humble appearance, experts say it is one of the rarest and earliest examples of his work and shows the distinctive talent Hockney possessed even as a teenager.
Hockney was an important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century