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Frida Kahlo self-portrait sells for record $35 million at New York auction

The painting shows a teary-eyed Kahlo with her hair loose around her, a portrait of Rivera bearing a third eye embedded above her brow.

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Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait sells for a record $35 million at the New York auction, the highest price ever paid for a painting by a Latin American artist!

As being reported, completed in 1949, Kahlo’s “Diego y yo” (Diego and I) went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on Tuesday.

It was sold to an unidentified buyer at the price included $3.9 million in fees, the auction house said.

“This is one of the most important works by Kahlo ever to come to auction and we’re thrilled that it should be at Sotheby’s,” Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s auctioneer and senior director, said as he opened the bidding.

The Latin American artist had spent long periods bed-ridden after a traffic accident in her youth, created some 200 paintings, sketches, and drawings. 

Her work features mainly self-portraits – in which she transformed her misfortune into works of bold colour and emblematic strength.

Frida Kahlo attained international fame after her death in 1954 and was recognized as a feminist icon after the 1970s.

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