Sotheby's Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary auction brought a total of $13,119,875 and was led by La Familia, the last and definitive version of Rufino Tamayo’s endearing motif, which sold for $3,010,000 (est. $1.2/1.6m). Other highlights included Les Oiseaux Voilés by Wifredo Lam, which fetched $1,210,000, El Balcón by Diego Rivera from The Goldwyn Collection which sold for $346,000, and excellent prices for Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Claudio Bravo, and Fernando Botero, among others.
Sotheby’s May 26th auction in New York sets forth a strong offering of artworks from Latin America ranging from Rufino Tamayo’s La Familia of 1987, an extraordinary family scene painted in the artist’s mature period to Diego Rivera’s El balcón of 1921 from the Goldwyn Collection, an early composition painted in Mexico City shortly after his return from a long sojourn in Europe. Two seminal works by Cuban Wifredo Lam; Les oiseaux voilésof 1945 and Le Sorcier de l'océan of 1947 pay homage to the great Surrealist tradition developed in the Americas. Other sale highlights include contemporary art by today’s most promising young Cuban artists.