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Christie's Latin American sale expected to surpass $22 million

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 01:30

Christie's auction house in New York previews its spring sale of Latin American art, featuring works by well known artists including Varo, Tamayo and Botero. Roselle Chen reports.

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Works of art by Mexican painters Remedios Varo, Rufino Tamayo and Colombian artist Fernando Botero are among the highlights of Christie's Latin American spring art auctions, set to take place in New York. Over 260 lots in the contemporary and modern art sale are expected to fetch between 21 million and 32 million U.S. dollars. The featured lot of the sale is Varo's surrealist work "Vampiros Vegetarianos" or Vegetarian Vampires, painted in 1962. The painting has never before been offered at auction, and was completed at the peak of Varo's career. Christie's estimates the work to sell for up to $2 million. Virgilio Garza is head of Latin American Art at Christie's. SOUNDBITE: Virgilio Garza, head of Latin American Art at Christie's, saying (Spanish): "It's one of Varo's masterpieces. In an architectural setting it has these winged figures that are eating a rose, a tomato and a watermelon. It really has Varo's signature style. She painted like no one else so this is a great example of her mature work. Her works are extremely rare because she took a long time to finish them and she died quite young, in her late 50s. So this is a coup for us, I don't think this particular picture has been to market since it was bought in the 1960s." Christie's Latin American sale will take place on May 27th and 28th.

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Christie's Latin American sale expected to surpass $22 million

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 01:30