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Sold to the Highest Bidder&

Solid results at Sotheby's recent spring Latin American Art Auction leaves the writing clearly on the wall for collectors: quality works are still bringing top dollar, even amidst rumors of economic slowdown. The New York City auction house pulled in a whopping $8,543,825 in sales during the fast-paced evening and morning sessions.
Among some of the prominent pieces sold at the block included Frida Kahlo's "Portrait of Cristina, my Sister" (lot #15), which went for $1,655,750 after a hot telephone bidding war. (Sotheby's sold this same work in 1998 for $198.00).
Matta's oil painting entitled. "Morphology of Desire" (lot #120 sold for $583,250 to an unnamed telephone bidder. Botero's "Florero" (lot #32), was hotly fought over both on the phone and the floor. The work finally went to a telephone bidder for $473,250. A great piece by the Argentinean at $60,000-80,000 sold to the Fundación Eduardo Costantini for the record setting amount of $335,750. Although rare by New York standards, De La Vega is know to fetch matching figures in Buenos Aires.
For more results, and for listing of how Christie's spring in Latin America Art auction fared, visit

U.S. Returns Artifacts to Mexico

U.S. Customs Service returned an important lot of 308 prehispanic artifacts to Mexico this August, along with a collection of ethnographic masks, paintings, lithographs and etchings. The pieces, which were illegally entered into the United States at the border with Baja California, were confiscated by U.S. Customs in 1994.
Included among the prehispanic pieces were human skull and etched shell, possibly of Mixtec origin and dating from the late 14th century. Archeologist Francisco Sanchez Nava stated that booth pieces were of "exceptional" quality.
Other items returned included clay pots, figurines, seals, ritual objects, arrow heads, knives, beads and textiles. According to Virginia Fields, of the Los Angeles Museum of art, and Javier Urcid the Smithsonian Institute, the collection provides key information on prehispanic cultures.

NM Show Strong in Latin American Antiques

The Santa Fe Summer Antiques Show, now in this sixth year under promoter John Morris, ran July 6-8. The show emphasizes art and artifacts of the Americas. Spanish colonial items were on display in many booths, as were Latin American masks, devotional objects and show-shopping 16th century bargueño whit is original ironwork, so complex as to suggest filgree.
Morris produces a similar show in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the Christmas season. (Judy Mellow.)

Works by Carr, O'Keeffe and and Kahlo Featured in Traveling Exhibit

A current at the McMichael Canadian Art Museum in Kleinburg, Ontario will be home the works of three of North America's most legendary through September 9, 2001, Emily Carr (1871-1945, Canadian), Frida Kahlo (1907-1954, Mexican) and Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986, American) each has secure reputation as an outstanding 20th century painter.
The exhibition, "Places of Their Own," comprises of more than 60 paintings and provides unique insight into the lives and work of the three women, all of whom have become cultural icons in their respective countries.
Collectively, their work represents a linking of North American artistic expression.
Following the McMichael Canadian Art Collection exhibit, "Places of Their Own" will travel to the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico from October 5, 2001 trough January 7, 2002. The exhibit will continue on to the National Museum of Women in Art in Washington D.C. form February 7 to May 12, 2002, and will close a year later back in Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. June 15 to September 15, 2002.

Jumex Collection opens in Mexico City

Publicized as the largest Latin American private contemporary art exhibition space "open to the public," La Colección Jumex unveiled its 200 piece collection in Mexico City this March whit a bang. Owned by 32 year old billionaire and collector Eugenio López, director of marketing and sole heir to the privately owned Grupo Jumex, which produces the majority of Mexico's bottle juice, the weekend event was attended by local and international art dealers, curators, rock stars and socialites.
The inauguration took place in Grupo Jumex, monstrous, high security complex, a city in itself located on the rougher edge of the nation's megalopolis. Some critics billed the opening as the "most spectacular, disturbing event in the art world for several decades" in light of the disparity between the world's wealthiest mingling together in an industrial compound located in the heart of one Mexico City's largest and poorest sections, According to Adrian Dannatt, report for The Art Newspaper, "Attentive factory workers in white overalls acted as waiters (during the inaugural party), their Grupo Jumex plastic hardhats later worn as the ultimate souvenir by the Mexican socialite ladies. Buses ferried one back to the hotels as dancing continued well into dawn, indeed until the workforce clocked-in."
Al tough the event sparked considerable controversy, Mexico City has recently become a hot spot for international collector of contemporary art, with alternative spaces, galleries and non-profit organizations opening at trendy addresses throughout the city.
However, as Dannatt points out, "The question remains how any public' might find their way within the fortified wall of the Jumex compound. La Colección Jumex is hardly the kind of collection the whole family might decide to visit on the spur of the moment of a Saturday afternoon." La Colección Jumex, KM. 19.5 Ant. Carretera a Pachuca, 55340 Xalostoc, Ecatepec, Mexico City, Tel. 5-699-1999. Open to the public weekday by appointment.

New Long Distance Area Codes

Anyone wishing to call Mexico from the U.S. or Canada, or place a long distance call within the country, will now have to dial three more digests. To find new area codes for the city or town you wish to reach log-on or call 01-800-123-2223 in Mexico. International callers can find information at. 011-52-555-657-5859