An archive of letters from artist Frida Kahlo to a lover has sold for $137,000 at Doyle New York.
The lot realised an increase of 14.1% on a $120,000 estimate when it crossed the block in the April 15 auction.
The auction house explained in the run-up to the sale: "This group of twenty-five letters that the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo wrote to a Spanish refugee named Jose Bartoli between August 1946, when she had just turned thirty-nine, and November 1949, show that she knew how to write love letters that flow with poetry and passion.
"Kahlo's letters are steamy with unbridled sensuality and they are, like Kahlo's paintings, extraordinarily direct and personal."
The first letters were written while Kahlo was bedbound in Mexico City, while recovering from a spinal fusion. She was in an enormous amount of pain, something that is tangible in her writing.
She writes: "My Bartoli…I don't know how to write love letters. But I wanted to tell you that my whole being opened for you. Since I fell in love with you everything is transformed and is full of beauty….
"Love is like an aroma, like a current, like rain. You know, my sky, you rain on me and I, like the earth, receive you. Mara".
Kahlo was one of the most important artists of the 20th century and remains a hugely iconic figure.
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