A PAINTING by Cuban surrealist artist Wifredo Lam fetched a record personal price at a Latin American art sale at auctioneers Sotheby’s in New York.
The work by the Mexican artist had been expected to sell at a price between $4m and $6m. In contrast, Lam’s piece sold for more than double the previous top price for his paintings. An Afro-Cuban, Lam died in 1982 and was heavily influenced both by surrealism and by santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba and Roman Catholic beliefs. Wednesday’s auction, with sales totalling $21.8m, was Sotheby’s best result for an evening sale of Latin American art to date. –BBC