Frida Kahlo self-portrait smashes auction record set by adulterous husband Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) intimate oil painting has sold for a staggering $34.9 million (£25.9 million) at Sotheby’s New York, setting a new auction record for the most expensive artwork by a Latin American artist. It is significant as one of her final self-portraits, which candidly reveals the artist’s distress over her husband Diego Rivera’s (1886-1957) public affair with friend and famed actress Maria Félix (1914-2002).

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Frida Kahlo self-portrait set to smash auction records

A self-portrait by Frida Kahlo, titled Diego y yo (Diego and I) is set to appear in auction in November at Sotheby’s and, if its estimate of over $30 million is met, will become the most valuable Latin American artwork ever publicly sold. Not only that, it could possibly become the highest price ever for a female artist, if it sells in excess of the current record of $44.4 million – the amount paid for Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1(1932) in 2014.

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