David Hockney, the world's most expensive living artist, was rescued by Dutch firefighters after being trapped in an elevator in Amsterdam on his way to opening a new exhibition of his works.
British painter David Hockney, the world's most expensive living artist, was rescued by Dutch firefighters after being trapped in an elevator in Amsterdam on the way to opening a new exhibition of his works. The 81-year-old artist, who holds the most expensive painting record of a living artist, was in the elevator to smoke a cigarette at the foot of a hotel in the Dutch capital on Wednesday night when he suddenly stopped.
David Hockney was in Amsterdam for the opening of the exhibition "Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature" at the Van Gogh Museum, which highlights the similarities between the colorful works of the British artist and the vibrant paintings of Dutch Master.
Hockney posed happily with firefighters in front of photographers
A group of journalists sat next to David Hockney in the elevator, including Jim Naughtie, who works for British BBC television.
Jim Naughtie said the elevator "stopped abruptly" and nothing happened when they pressed the alarm button.
"We stayed inside for half an hour," said David Hockney, adding that he has never had a similar experience before. After being rescued by firefighters from an Amsterdam brigade, the British artist posed happily with them in front of the photographers.
A painting by David Hockney, "Portrait of an Artist," sold for $ 90.3 million at an auction at Christie's in New York in November, setting the record for a living artist by far.
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