Two Frida Kahlo works at Christie’s Latin American Art auction

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The Flower Basket, Frida Kahlo. Courtesy of Christie's.

Two paintings by the renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are set to headline Christie’s Latin American Art auction on November 20 and 21 in New York. They are estimated to sell for between $3 – $5 million each.

The works, entitled The Flower Basket (1941) and Portrait of a Lady in White (1929), both hail from private collections. According to the Christie’s listings, the former is from the collection of Chicago collectors and long-time art patrons James and Marilynn Alsdorf, while the latter from the collection of Dr Helga Prignitz-Poda.

Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera – also a renowned Mexican artist – will feature in next month’s Christie’s auction. Rivera’s auction record stands at $9.8 million, for his painting The Rivals.

Kahlo was the first Latin American artist to sell above the million-dollar threshold, for her 1949 painting Deigo y Yo, at $1.4 million in May 1990. Two Nudes in the Forest (The Earth Itself) topped this in 2016 at $8 million, the highest for any Latin American artist until Rivera’s The Rivals.  

Other notable Latin American artists to appear at the auction are Fernando Botero and Francisco Toledo.

Portrait of a Lady in White, Frida Kahlo. Courtesy of Christie’s.