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David Hockney’s The Splash is one of those contemporary works that ranks up there with the best and brightest–we’re talking Munch, Monet, Warhol, John, Lichtenstein and the like–despite the fact that it’s a relatively simplistic painting of a Californian landscape complete with pool. If you’ve got a spare few dozen million dollars, and you’re looking to spice up your art collection–Hockney’s The Splash is going to be sold by Sotheby’s later this year. Here’s what Hockney himself had to say about the work–“I loved the idea of painting this thing that lasts for two seconds; it takes me two weeks to paint this event that lasts for two seconds. Everyone knows a splash can’t be frozen in time, so when you see it like that in a painting it’s even more striking than in a photograph.” The Splash will be auctioned off during Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on February 11th.

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We pride ourselves on being able to tackle problems and jigsaw puzzles like everyone else–from the edge pieces in. That’s a little more difficult when it comes to thousand piece adventures like the Moon puzzle you see here. In is out, out is in, and there’s an entire quadrant of almost fully gray pieces that depict the lunar surface, but all of that just adds to the productive difficulty you’ll experience when you’re assembling this jigsaw version of modern history. As they tell it, “July 16, 2019 marked the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch – the historic mission to the Moon where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of humankind to set foot on the Moon. Our Moon puzzle celebrates this momentous achievement and will challenge and delight puzzle solvers everywhere.”