Diego Rivera painting sets record at auction

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Diego Rivera painting sets record at auction
Published : 10 May 2018, 20:03:40
Diego Rivera painting sets record at auction
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A Diego Rivera painting set a record Wednesday night for the highest price paid at auction for a Latin American artwork, fetching $9.76 million and taking the honor away from his partner Frida Kahlo. 
 
The colorful 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 $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 $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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