A self-portrait by Mexican painter Frida Kahlo sold for $34.9 million at Sotheby’s on Tuesday, breaking a record for a Latin American artist.
The work of art named “Diego y yo” was auctioned off during an evening deal in Manhattan and is accepted to be the last self-portrait by Kahlo.
“This evening’s outstanding result further gets her spot in the auction echelon she has a place, as one of the genuine titans of twentieth century craftsmanship,” said Sotheby’s rep Julian Dawes.
“Diego y yo” was made in 1949 and portrays the craftsman with destroys streaming her face and a picture of painter and spouse Diego Rivera on her brow.
The portrait was made five years before Kahlo’s death and addresses her troublesome relationship with Rivera.
The triumphant bid was put by Eduardo F. Costantini, a real estate developer and founder of the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires.
The piece was recently purchased by a recognized New York collector for $1.4 million out of 1990.
The record price outmaneuvered a work of art named “The Rivals” made by Rivera, which sold for $9.76 million out of 2018.