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05-25-2011 09:14 BJT

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Master works by Fernando Botero headline the spring Latin American art sales at Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses in New York City.

One out of the two days at Sotheby's will be a single-artist sale dedicated to paintings and sculptures by Botero.

The auction will be Sotheby's first single-artist sale for Latin American art since 1992.

At the centerpiece of the sale is Botero's painting "A Family," which is expected to sell from 1 to 1-and-a-half million US dollars.

Botero's "Nude" could sell for between 500-thousand and 700-thousand dollars. And his "El Presidente" has a pre-sale estimate of 300-thousand to 400-thousand dollars.

Botero's plump figures have become instantly recognizable around the world, and Sotheby's said the Colombian artist is one of the most recognized living artists in the world.

Master works by Fernando Botero headline the spring Latin American art sales
at Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses in New York City.

Axel Stein, regional operations dept., Sotheby's, said, "He may be one of the most important artists alive in the world, and the interesting thing about this selection is that it represents all the aspects of Botero's work; drawings on paper, pastels on paper, bronze sculptures, paintings, painted Plexiglas. So we have a large variety. Also the most interesting thing is that these pieces were made between 1970 and 1990. That is probably the most classic period for this artist."

Sotheby's Latin American art sale is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Across town at Christie's auction house, works by Botero are also expected to bring in top dollar.

Botero's voluptuous nude painting of a woman in a bathtub called "Homage to Bonnard" could sell for at least 500-thousand, while his erotic "Colombian Landscape" has a pre-sale estimate of between 800-thousand and 1.2 million dollars.

Master works by Fernando Botero headline the spring Latin American art sales
at Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses in New York City.

Christie's Latin American art sale features more than 350 works of art from 145 artists around the world, and represents a range of genres including Colonial, Modernism, Kinetic Abstraction and Pop art.

Christie's auctions are set for Thursday and Friday.

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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