Frida Kahlo painting expected to smash auction record
Dateline: 21 October 2021; 11 May 1933; 13 April 1939
Date: 10/21/2021 05:34 PM
London, UK - 21 October 2021
1. Mid of 'Diego y yo' by Frida Kahlo, 1949 ANNOTATION: Frida Kahlo painting expected to smash auction record
2. Tilt up of painting ANNOTATION: This Frida Kahlo self-portrait is set to become the most expensive work by the Mexican artist ever sold at auction.
3. Close of painting ANNOTATION: 'Diego y yo' has an estimate of more than $30 million.
4. Close of Frida crying ANNOTATION: The painting captures an emotional Frida.
5. Close of picture of Kahlo's husband Diego Rivera on her forehead ANNOTATION: Her husband, artist Diego Rivera, is pictured on her forehead.
New York City - 11 May 1933
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6. STILL Diego Rivera dictating to Frida Kahlo in their hotel quarters in New York City
ANNOTATION: The painting reflects their tempestuous relationship.
Mexico City - 13 April 1939
7. STILL Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, stand together at their Mexico City house
ANNOTATION: They divorced but later reconciled and remarried.
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Stock, Sotheby's:
"The reason why this is such an event is that Frida Kahlo paintings come to auction so incredibly seldomly."
9. Tilt down of painting ANNOTATION: 'Diego y yo' will be auctioned by Sotheby's in November.
10. Close of Kahlo's signature on painting ANNOTATION: If it reaches its $30 million estimate, it will become the most valuable Frida Kahlo work ever sold at auction.
11. Mid of painting
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A self-portrait by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo will go under the hammer next month with an estimate of more than US $30 million.
If 'Diego y yo' reaches that figure it will not only be a record sale price for Kahlo, it will become the most valuable work ever by a Latin American artist.
It depicts not only the artist, but also her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera, who sits squarely in the centre of her forehead.
Kahlo painted herself throughout her career but this is the last so-called 'bust' self-portrait she completed before her death in 1954.
It's an artwork that is raw with emotion.
Tears fall from her eyes and Diego's position reflects how he and their relationship dominated her thoughts.
When Kahlo painted this in 1949, rumours were circulating that he was having an affair with her good friend Maria Felix.
The couple had a difficult relationship, divorcing after 10 years of marriage before reconciling and remarrying.
When Diego y yo was auctioned in 1990, it went for US$1.4 million. That was a record for Kahlo's work at the time, but demand for her art has soared since then.
Her current top auction price is US$8 million, which was achieved in 2016.
But this painting is expected to go for in excess of US$30 million, absolutely smashing that record.
Diego y yo will be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York on 16 November.