FERNANDO BOTERO (B. 1932)
Man on a Horse
137 x 90½ x 63 in.
Executed in 1999.
Price realized: $4,320,000
AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST
New York – Christie’s live sale of Latin American Art totaled $27,741,240, with 82% sold by lot and 138% hammer above low estimate. The top lot of the sale was Fernando Botero’s monumental bronze sculpture Man on a Horse, which achieved $4,320,000 and set a new auction record for the artist.
Another notable highlight of the sale was Diego Rivera’s rediscovered masterpiece La bordadora, which realized $4,140,000 and has been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Additional top lots of the sale include Tomás Sánchez’s Llegada del caminante a la laguna, which sold for $1,800,000 and achieved a new record for the artist, and Rufino Tamayo’s Personajes en la sombra, which achieved $882,000.
The auction also achieved strong results and auction records for a range of contemporary works, including: Antonio Bandeira’s rediscovered work, Untitled, which sold for $504,000; Beatriz González’s Vermeeriana I, which realized $138,600; and Roberto Fabelo’s triptych, Perrerío, which achieved $579,600.
Virgilio Garza, Head of Department, Latin American Art, Christie’s, commented: “The results show there is great demand for exceptional paintings, ranging from Fernando Botero’s sculpture to Eugenio Landesio’s 19th Century landscape and a rediscovered contemporary work by Antonio Bandeira, all achieving new auction records for the artists. We are especially pleased to share the acquisition of Diego Rivera’s masterpiece by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.”
Fernando Botero, Man on a Horse, $4,320,000
Tomás Sánchez, Llegada del caminante a la laguna, $1,800,000
Eugenio Landesio, Paesaggio con Corzo d’Acqua (La Garita de la Viga), $819,000
Roberto Fabelo, Perrerío, $579,600
Pedro Coronel, Untitled (fruta, sandía y candelabro), $529,200
Antonio Bandeira, Untitled, $504,000
Beatriz González, Vermeeriana I, $138,600
Sarah Grilo, Mi Buenos Aires querido, $60,480
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