Self-portrait of Frida Kahlo sells for record $34.9 mn

10:25, 17 November 2021
Self-portrait of Frida Kahlo sells for record $34.9 mn Photo: Гильермо Кало/Общественное достояние/wikimedia.org

Frida Kahlo's 1949 self-portrait “Diego and I” was sold for a record $34.9 million at Sotheby's in New York, BBC News reported. It is the highest price paid at an auction for a Latin American artist.

In the painting, the artist looks at the viewer with eyes full of tears with a portrait of her husband, the artist Diego Rivera, on her forehead.

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".

Calo's self-portrait was put up for auction with a lower estimate of $ 30 million. It was eventually bought by Eduardo Constantini, founder of the Malba Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires.

Earlier, the record price for Kahlo's works was the sum of $8 million, for painting "Two Nude Women in the Woods" which was sold at Christie's New York auction in 2016.

Kahlo is widely known as one of the greatest Latin American painters of the 20th Century.

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

Her pieces also described her intense relations with her husband, permanent pain in her body, disability through childhood polio, and severe injuries after a bus accident.