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Frida Kahlo fetches record $US8 million

Associated Press Associated Press 13/05/2016

A painting by Frida Kahlo set a new auction record for the Mexican painter when it sold for $US8 million ($A10 million) at Christie's sale of impressionist and modern art.

Kahlo's Two Nudes in the Forest (The Land Itself) depicts two nudes in a dreamlike setting.

It had been estimated to bring $8 million to $12 million and was shown in an exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden last year. The previous auction record for Kahlo was $5.6 million.

The small 1939 canvas was a gift for Kahlo's friend, film star Dolores del Rio. It last appeared at auction in 1989.

Works by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and other perennial favourites also went up for sale at the auction on Thursday night.

The top lot of the sale was an iconic painting by Monet depicting his beloved water lily pond, which sold for $US27 million ($A36.88 million).

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