Frida Kahlo's 'Diego y yo' sells for record-breaking $34.9 million at Sotheby's auction

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Frida Kahlo's 'Diego y yo' sells for record-breaking $34.9 million at Sotheby's auction

From USA Today | Life by Wyatte Grhantham-Philips

A self-portrait by world-renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo sold for $34.9 million at a Sotheby's New York auction late Tuesday, marking the highest price ever paid at auction for a work of Latin American art.

Completed in 1949, "Diego y yo" (Diego and I) was one of Kahlo's final self-portraits before her death in 1954 at the age of 47. Scholars say that "Diego y yo" reflects Kahlo's turbulent second marriage with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, whose three-eyed face sits on Kahlo's forehead in the oil painting – right above her two, teary eyes and flushed cheeks.

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