The most expensive paintings ever sold at auction

Frida Kahlo self-portrait sells for US$34.9 million

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18/11/21 | StarsInsider


One of Frida Kahlo's iconic self-portraits, titled 'Diego y yo (Diego and I),' was recently sold at a Sotheby's auction in New York. Like all of Kahlo's self-portraits, this painting has a unique twist. The face of her husband, the artist Diego Rivera, is painted on her forehead, and three tears fall from her eyes. It's suggested that she painted this during a time when their marriage was on the rocks after Diego had an affair with an actress, and the piece portrays the mental space he occupied at that time. 

During her lifetime, Kahlo was often considered to be the wife of a great artist rather than a great artist herself. Now, one of her paintings has been sold for the highest price ever paid for a work by a Latin American artist. Collector Eduardo F. Costantini bought it for US$34.9 million. The previous record was held by Diego Rivera, whose painting was purchased for the considerably lower sum of US$9.8 million. 

If you're still taken aback by those staggering numbers, you're not alone. Check out this gallery to see the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction. 


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