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Sotheby's sells Tamayo's 'Bird Charmer' for $4.3M in NY

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/26/2017 By SIGAL RATNER-ARIAS, Associated Press
In this photo provided by Sotheby's, an oil on canvas entitled The Bird Charmer (Encantador De P·jaros) by Rufino Tamayo is shown. The painting will be part of Sotheby's Latin America: Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Sotheby's via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo provided by Sotheby's, an oil on canvas entitled The Bird Charmer (Encantador De P·jaros) by Rufino Tamayo is shown. The painting will be part of Sotheby's Latin America: Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Sotheby's via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Bird Charmer" by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo has fetched $4.3 million at Sotheby's Latin American art auction in New York.

FILE- This image provided by Sotheby's shows the 1951 painting "Portrait of Señorita Matilde Palou" by Diego Rivera. It depicts Matilde Palou, a Chilean actress and singer who gained fame in Mexican cinema, and is part of Sotheby's Latin American art sale May 25 in New York. (Sotheby's via AP) © The Associated Press FILE- This image provided by Sotheby's shows the 1951 painting "Portrait of Señorita Matilde Palou" by Diego Rivera. It depicts Matilde Palou, a Chilean actress and singer who gained fame in Mexican cinema, and is part of Sotheby's Latin American art sale May 25 in New York. (Sotheby's via AP)

The 1945 painting shows the reddish figure of a man against a blue wall playing a wind instrument while birds fly around him.

It was sold on Thursday, a day after another impressive work by the same artist, "Músicos," didn't find a buyer at Christie's.

The record for a Tamayo sold at auction is $7.2 million, reached in 2008 with "Trovador."

Also on Thursday, Diego Rivera's 1951 "Portrait of Senorita Matilde Palou" sold for $2.4 million. Sotheby's had hailed the painting as one of the most important pieces by the Mexican muralist to go to auction in recent years.

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