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Fernando Botero
Bird
1988
$1,052,000
Sothebyís New York
May 24, 2006
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Art Market Watch
May 26, 2006

RECORD KAHLO AT SOTHEBYíS
Frida Kahlo
ís evocative Roots (1943), an oil-on-metal self-portrait with the artistís reclining body sending out leafy green branches as well as roots reaching into a barren earth, sold for $5,616,000 at Sothebyís New York auction of Latin American art on May 24, 2006, a result that was at the bottom end of the $5 million-$7 million presale estimate but nevertheless a new auction record for the artist. The small (12 x ca. 20 in.) picture was once owned by Dolores Olmedo, a lover of† Diego Rivera and a trustee of both Kahloís and Riveraís estates, and was featured in the 2005 Kahlo retrospective at Tate Modern in London. It was sold this time around by Houston collector Marilyn Oshman, a former Houston CAM trustee whose family founded Oshmanís Sporting Goods. The buyer was an anonymous telephone bidder.

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