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NEW YORK Nov 15 A Fernando Botero reworking of
Paul Cezanne's "The Card Players" and a Rufino Tamayo portrait
of women are expected to be the top-selling works in Latin
American art auctions next week in New York.
Sotheby's predicts sales of up to $29.6 million for
its two-day sales on Nov. 20-21, and Christie's says its total
for auctions on Nov. 19-20 could reach $22.2 million .
The Latin American art auctions follow record-breaking sales
of post-war and contemporary art this week. Francis Bacon's
"Three Studies of Lucian Freud" fetched $142.4 million, making
it the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.
Records were also shattered for works by Andy Warhol and
Jeff Koons, whose "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sculpture sold for
$58.4 million, the highest auction price for a living artist.
"I think we have a beautiful sale and it is very varied,"
said Axel Stein, Sotheby's Latin American art chief. "It focuses
fundamentally on surrealism, Botero, (Chilean painter Roberto)
Matta, Venezuela and Brazil."
Botero's 1991 "Card Players," which is expected to fetch as
much as $2 million, recasts Cezanne's male quartet with a nude
woman ogled by two males. All of the figures are glimpsed by a
nearly hidden Catholic clergyman.
"You are transported to Medellin's bars and small brothels
that abound in the city," said Stein, referring to the Colombian
Another Botero work, the 1966 "Nuestra Senora of New York"
(Our Lady of New York), has a pre-sale estimate of up to $1
million for Sotheby's sales.
Mexican Tamayo's 1946 "Women Reaching for Moon" leads
Christie's auctions with a top estimate of $1.8 million.
"They almost give us a feeling of weightlessness,"
Virgilio Garza, Christie's Latin American art chief, said about
the women depicted in the work.
Another Tamayo painting, the 1978 "Dos Mujeres en Rojos"
(Two Women in Reds), with its burgundy, cherry, pink and orange
colors, has an $800,000 high estimate.
Argentine artist Antonio Berni's large 1956 painting "Los
Emigrantes" (The Emigrants), showing 16 impoverished passengers
huddled on deck in a ship's bow, could bring in up to $1.2
million, according to Sotheby's.
Another of its top lots is Matta's 1939 "Morphologie
Psychologique (Fleureur),' or Psychological Morphology
(Fleureur), valued at up to $1 million.
At Phillips, also an art auctioneer in New York, Brazilian
Lygia Clark's 1960 aluminum sculpture "Bicho Invertebrado
"(Invertebrate Animal) is the lead work with a $1.8 million high
estimate for a Nov. 21 auction.