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Courtesy Sotheby's
Courtesy Sotheby's

This super-rare Frida Kahlo painting is on display in London, but only for a few days

It’s at Sotheby’s for this weekend only

Written by
Eddy Frankel
Frida Kahlo is one of the great icons of art history: immediately recognisable, hugely influential. And this weekend, her ultimate self-portrait – ‘ultimate’ in the sense that it’s the last fully realised self-portrait she produced before she died in 1954, but you know, it’s also very good – is going on display at Sotheby’s here in London. It’s then being shipped off to New York for their big November evening auction, where it’s estimated to sell for over $30 million. 

The painting shows Kahlo with her artist husband Diego Rivera on her forehead as a sort of human third eye, with Rivera possessing a third eye of his own. What does it mean? Well, Sotheby’s describe it as ‘enigmatic’, so no one knows, is the answer. But it’s still a stunning example of Kahlo’s approach to portraiture. 

There are no Frida Kahlo paintings in any UK public collection, so this is a seriously rare chance to see one of her amazing works. It’s on display at Sotheby’s, but you’ve only got this weekend to go see it. 

Sotheby's. Fri Oct 22-Sun Oct 24. More details here
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