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Artwork by iconic artist Frida Kahlo fetches record $34.9m at auction (photo)

A painting by iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo has sold in New York for a record $34.9m (£25m).

 

Kahlo’s painting “Diego y Yo” was one of her final self-portraits.

The work depicts a tearful Kahlo with her husband Rivera painted above her eyes.

The artwork auctioned at Sotheby’s auction house is now officially the highest price paid at auction for a Latin American artwork.

 

Artwork by iconic artist Frida Kahlo fetches record $34.9m at auction (photo)

The record had previously been set by a work by Diego Rivera, whom Kahlo was in a relationship with for a decade.
Diego Rivera’s piece sold for $9.76m in 2018.

It was described by Sotheby’s at the auction on Tuesday as “one of the most important works by Kahlo ever to come to auction”.

The buyer, Eduardo F. Cosantini, founded a museum in Argentina, according to the New York Times.

Before now, the painting was last auctioned in 1990 for $1.4 million.

Kahlo, widely regarded as one of the greatest painters of the 20th Century, was famed for her intimate self-portraits reflecting pain and isolation.

 

She lived from 1907 to 1954 and proudly promoted indigenous Mexican culture through her art.

Her artworks showcased her painful relationship with her body, disabled through childhood polio and severe injuries following a bus accident.

 

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