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CULTURE | 10-05-2018 13:38

Diego Rivera painting sets record at auction

The colourful painting entitled “Los Rivales” (The Rivals) and sold by Christie’s depicts two men at a traditional Mexican celebration.

A Diego Rivera painting set a record Wednesday night for the highest price paid at auction for a Latin American artwork, fetching US$9.76 million and taking the honor away from his partner Frida Kahlo.

The colourful painting entitled “Los Rivales” (The Rivals) and sold by Christie’s depicts two men at a traditional Mexican celebration.

Until now the record was held by a Kahlo work auctioned in 2016 for US$8 million. The 1939 painting is called “Dos desnudos en el bosque (La tierra misma)”, which translates as “Two Nudes in the Forest (The Earth Itself)”.

A Rivera work also holds the record for most paid ever for a Latin American piece of art, not just at auction.

That work, which the Mexican artist completed in 1928, went to a private Argentine collector, Eduardo Constantini, for US$15.7 million in 2016. It was entitled “Baile en Tehuantepec”. Baile means dance.

The website ARTnews said “The Rivals” went to an unnamed collector bidding by phone.

-AFP

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