One of the last portraits by Frida Kahlo broke records Tuesday.
Her 1949 self-portrait, titled “Diego y yo,” sold for $34.9 million at Sotheby’s Modern Evening Sale in New York on Tuesday night. It's the highest price ever paid for Latin American art.
Painted five years before her death, “Diego y yo” is considered to be Kahlo’s final self-portrait. The 11.7- by 8.8-inch oil painting shows a teary-eyed Kahlo with a portrait of her husband, Diego Rivera, embedded above her brow.
“Tonight’s outstanding result further secures her place in the auction echelon she belongs, as one of the true titans of 20th century art," Julian Dawes, Sotheby’s senior vice president and co-head of impressionist and modern art, said in a statement.