Re­dis­cov­ered Kahlo paint­ing is go­ing to auc­tion in NY

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Are­dis­cov­ered paint­ing by Frida Kahlo is go­ing to auc­tion this month in New York. The 1929 por­trait, called "Nina con col­lar" or "Girl with neck­lace," will be part of Sotheby's Latin Amer­ica: Mod­ern Art sale on Nov 22. Its pre-sale es­ti­mate is $1.5 mil­lion to $2 mil­lion. Kahlo's hus­band, artist Diego Rivera, gave the work to her per­sonal as­sis­tant in 1955, the year after she died. Un­til it sur­faced over the sum­mer, the only record of the por­trait had been a black-and-white photo.

The work was painted be­fore Kahlo and Rivera were mar­ried; they had no chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to Axel Stein, Sotheby's head of Latin Amer­i­can Art. The un­known, un­smil­ing, wide-eyed model, per­haps 14 or 15 years old, ap­pears to rep­re­sent a young Kahlo. She is wear­ing the artist's jade neck­lace and pos­si­bly her ear­rings, said Stein. The sub­ject also is de­picted with dark, dis­tinc­tive eye­brows re­sem­bling Kahlo's. The paint­ing is about 22 inches by 18 inches. "I never imag­ined it would sur­face and turn out to be such a beau­ti­ful and warm paint­ing," Stein said. "The blues are strik­ingly beau­ti­ful and in­tense," he said. "The ver­mil­lion is very, very sharp."

The owner hung it in a dark­ened bed­room in Sunnyvale, Cal­i­for­nia, for six decades; be­cause of her art ex­per­tise, she knew it should be kept out of the light. "The sun is the worst en­emy of paint­ings," Stein said. "When she took it out it was beau­ti­fully pre­served, like it was made yes­ter­day."

This un­dated image pro­vided by Sotheby’s shows a re­dis­cov­ered paint­ing by Frida Kahlo that is go­ing to auc­tion in New York. — AP pho­tos

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