Coming up for auction in Forum Auction's Modern and Contemporary Editions and Works on Paper sale on 6th July is a piece by Hockney which explores his relationship with his manager and former lover Gregory Evans.

Today, Evans and Hockney continue to work together, and have done so for around 40 years. Evans managed Hockney, and for 10 years during the 1970s, the two were lovers. In an interview with the Guardian in May 2015, Hockney was asked who the love of his life is, to which the artist replied ''Maybe Gregory.''

Evans remains to this day a close friend of Hockney's with the artist including a portrait of Gregory in last years David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life exhibition at the Royal Academy.

David Hockney's portrait of Gregory Evans David Hockney's portrait of Gregory Evans
Image: Royal Academy

For the exhibition, Hockney created each work exactly the same size, with his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Hockney also painted famed gallerists John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian for the show.

In 2014, Gregory curated David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition, which focused on Hockney's work from the early 1990s, at San Francisco's de Young galleries.

David Hockney, Gregory on a sofa, 
India ink on paper, 1978, initialled and dated in ink, sheet 35.5 x 27.7 cm (14 x 10 7/8in)Estimate: £25 000-35 000 David Hockney, Gregory on a sofa, 
India ink on paper, 1978, initialled and dated in ink, sheet 35.5 x 27.7 cm (14 x 10 7/8in)
Estimate: £25 000-35 000

This line drawing from 1978, up for auction at Forum, depicts Gregory sitting on a sofa and was completed in India ink. Hockney focused on line drawings for a period from 1965. They are regarded as some of his best works due to their simplicity and technical difficulty, with similar works having sold for over £100 000 at auction. Check out more realised prices for David Hockney here.

The sale will also include works by Francis Bacon, Banksy, Jean Michel Basquiat, Joseph Beuys, Patrick Caulfield, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Tracey Emin, Terry Frost, Richard Hamilton, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Takashi Murakami, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Christopher Wool. Check out the full catalogue here.