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Frida Kahlo’s Painting ‘Lady In White’ Just Sold For $5.8 Million And The Mystery Of The Woman Lives On

Ponder this for a second: If money was not a factor (yes, if you were filthy rich), how much would you pay for a work of art? Hundreds of thousands, millions?! Whoever your favorite artist is (mine is clearly Frida Kahlo), it probably wouldn’t matter, right? I’ve been to enough Kahlo exhibits around the world, and I always ask myself two questions: 1. Who are the lucky people in the world that can say they are owners of an original piece of art by Kahlo? 2. Could I ever own a real Kahlo piece of my own? Those questions are, at times, depressing because the answer is always a “who knows” and “probably not.” However, it is still fascinating to hear Kahlo’s real work — not the replicas or random merchandise — continues to be of real value. 

At a recent auction in New York, a painting by Frida Kahlo titled “Lady in White” sold for $5.8 million.

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The painting that dates back to 1929 or 1930 is very different from her most famously known pieces. Some art experts suggest that one of the reasons why this painting appears to be different from her surrealist and vibrant techniques is because Kahlo perhaps never finished the artwork. And, you can tell because the banner on top was left empty. 

It is said that Khalo painted this piece when she and her husband Diego Rivera were living in San Francisco. He was there of course because he was commissioned to do several murals. However, it is Kahlo who is still remembered by the San Francisco community — they did, after all, rename a street in her honor. 

The buyer of the piece is unfortunately unknown, but we do know somethings about the previous owners. 

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According to Artnet, Kahlo first gave the painting to another female Mexican artist. Photographer Lola Álvarez Bravo, “a major figure in the Mexican Renaissance of post-revolution art from the 1930s through the 1950s,” was the first person ever to own this million-dollar piece. It was later in the hands of Stanford University from the collection of Dr. Helga Prignitz-Poda, on loan. The 

Christie’s Latin American art sale sold “Lady in White” on Nov. 22 at their auction, and we are so curious as to who bought it. Art collectors, of course, can be anyone living in the one percent, so we just hope this piece of iconic art is in the right hands. 

There’s always been speculation on who the “Lady in White” is, but I have my doubts. 

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Some Kahlo experts say the “Lady in White” was Kahlo’s first lesbian lover, and the reason the painting isn’t finished is that “their love affair ended abruptly.” Another theory is that the woman was a friend of Kahlo’s and that this woman ended “their friendship finished unexpectedly before she can finish this painting.”

Artnet reports that in 2014, two people said the “Lady in White” was their aunt Dorothy (Brown) Fox. They also report that it could be a “relative or friend of Ralph Stackpole, a sculptor who lived with Kahlo and Rivera in San Francisco.” According to Virgilio Garza, the head of Christie’s Latin American Art department, that he thought the woman in the painting was “Kahlo’s high school classmate Elena Boder.” My theory is it could have been anyone that Kahlo felt was deserving of being memorialized forever. 

This is not Kahlo’s highest-grossing painting that was sold at a Christie’s auction. 

In 2016, Kahlo’s 1939 painting “Dos Desnudos en el Bosque (La Tierra Misma)” sold for $8 million. The highest-grossing Latin artwork ever sold at the auction is one by her husband Diego. 

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The piece, titled “The Rivals,” sold for $9.76 million, which put it on the top of the list. The record was previously held by Kahlo herself.

“It’s undoubtedly one of Rivera’s masterpieces,” Garza told CNN. “The viewer’s gaze recedes in stages, from the men in the foreground, to the brightly dressed women under the hanging papel picado. Rivera’s brilliant composition of intersecting planes creates a cinematic narrative.” 

Sure it’s an incredible work of art, but nothing and no one will ever come close to the genius that is Kahlo.

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Whoever the lucky buyer is, can you please loan it to any museum so we can see it in person too?!

READ: There’s A Frida Kahlo Exhibit That Features Rare Family Photos And It Made Me So Emotional

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You Can Visit Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul Right Now With This Incredible 360º Tour

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You Can Visit Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul Right Now With This Incredible 360º Tour

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Thanks to Coronavirus, you’re likely not hopping on a plane any time soon to go and visit one of the world’s top destinations – Mexico City. Most of us are still following stay-at-home orders and the rest of the world is pretty much off limits to us all right now. But thankfully, we do have access to the World Wide Web, right?

Sure, we could pass the time binge watching our favorite TV shows, but why not take a little time to go on a little museum tour of one of the most famous Mexicans of all time?

Thanks to some super cool tech – and the magic of Google – Frida Kahlo’s famed Casa Azul Museum is at your finger tips. You can pay a visit from your living room, bedroom, patio – where ever you wanna be.

Frida’s Casa Azul is one of the most popular attractions in Mexico.

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Before the pandemic, la Ciudad de México had become one of the world’s top destinations. With it’s rich mix of foods and cultures and tons of attractions and museums (the city reportedly has the highest count of museums in the world!), it was at the top of tourist’s lists.

And at the top of the recommended sights to take in – the famous Casa Azul. Located a bit south of the central city in the beautiful colonia of Coyoacán, is the house where Frida Kahlo was born and spent much of her life.

People would often wait in line for several hours to pay a visit to this venerated museum and garden complex. In fact, it was rated by Salma Hayek as one of her favorite things to do in the city, in an interview with Vanity Fair. But now, Google is bringing the museum to you and it’s incredible. You can follow along with the following tour using this link.

With this virtual tour, you get the chance to pop into the artist’s famed studio.

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Inside Frida’s studio, you can truly visualize her experience as an artist. The space is filled with giant windows letting in all sorts of natural light. There’s also a large collection of books and prints that likely provided her with inspiration for her pieces.

Visitors also get a glimpse of her workstation, filled with paints, brushes, canvases and other supplies.

You can visit her kitchen…

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Easily one of my favorite parts of the house, is the cocina – which is beautifully decorated in traditional Mexican style. It’s home to a large collection of pottery and woodworking which lends it a very cozy feeling.

Take a look at the thousands of art pieces that are located inside the museum.

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Several rooms of the house and its hallways, are now dedicated to displaying thousands of Frida Kahlo’s works. In fact, Casa Azul is home to the largest collection of Kahlo pieces in the world – which makes sense since this was her actual home.

From photographs and writings, to famed paintings and sketches, a Frida Kahlo fan could easily spend hours walking through these galleries.

Along with many of her iconic fashion looks.

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Perhaps one of the most popular exhibits at the museum, is the dress vault. This gallery is home to some of the artist’s most famous looks. And let’s face it: Frida Kahlo is a fashion icon in so many ways.

The museum often rotates the clothing that is on display so visitors are often treated to new looks.

And the museum is well-known for its gardens, which you also get the chance to visit.

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Casa Azul is also well-known for it’s beautiful gardens. Often home to roaming peacocks, it’s a tranquil setting in the midst of the bustling city and likely one of the top draws for visitors.

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A Mexicana Just Broke A World Record By Making The Fastest Ascent Of The Earth’s Three Highest Mountains

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A Mexicana Just Broke A World Record By Making The Fastest Ascent Of The Earth’s Three Highest Mountains

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Mexican climber Viridiana Álvarez Chávez, might just one of the few people in the world to know what it feels like to actually be on top of the world.

Recently, the climber managed to scale three of the world’s highest peaks to break the Guinness World Records title. And she did it all in under just two years.

Incredibly, Viridiana climbed to the top of the three highest mountains in a year and 364 days.

According to the Guinness World Records, Viridiana’s quest to break the record started on May 16, 2017, with Everest (8,848 meters; 29,029 feet high), followed by K2 (8,611 meters; 28,251 feet) on July 21, 2018, and ended at Kangchenjunga (8,856 meters; 28,169 feet) on May 15, 2019.

Viridiana is the first Latin American to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain. To celebrate her amazing accomplishments, Viridiana was honored with a remote ceremony in which Raquel Assis, the Senior Manager of Guinness World Records Latin America Records Management Team, also attended.

Speaking about her accomplishments, Assis congratulated Virdiana saying “We continue to inspire the world through our record holders. Records motivate people to recognize their potential and look at the world differently.”

Before Viridiana, the Guinness World Records title was held by South Korean climber Go Mi-Sun who climbed the three mountains in two years and two days.

Viridiana says her next mission is to climb the 14 highest mountains in the world which would make her the first North American to do so.

Besides being a climber, Viridiana is a public speaker who encourages young people to break standards. Her talks emphasize the importance of accomplishing goals through emotional intelligence, positivity, discipline, and consistency.

“My career as a mountaineer started with an unusual and inspirational purpose: a simple personal challenge to exercise, but I ended up giving up my office job; risking comfort to experience the magic of the mountains, Viridiana told Guinness Book of World Records. “It was proof that dreams do not have to be lifelong dreams and that anyone who sets them can achieve even what are considered ‘unattainable goals,’ such as breaking a world record.”

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