A Frida Kahlo self-portrait featuring her husband Diego Rivera is tipped to sell for more than $30 million at auction in New York, Sotheby's said Wednesday.
"Diego y yo" (Diego and I), painted in 1949, "is poised to shatter" Kahlo's current auction record of $8 million set in 2016, the auction house said in a statement.
The artwork, which will be the star lot of Sotheby's big November sale, is also expected to smash the record for a painting by a Latin American artist.
"Los Rivales," a 1932 work by Rivera, with whom Kahlo had a passionate and tumultuous love affair, is currently the most valuable -- Christie's sold it for $9.8 million in May 2018.
"Diego y yo" is emblematic of Kahlo's self-portraits, known for their intense and enigmatic gaze that made the Mexican painter, a feminist icon, famous around the world.
In the painting, Rivera's face appears on Frida's forehead, above her distinctive eyebrows and dark eyes from which a few teardrops fall.
The depiction of Rivera, who at the time was close to Mexican actress Maria Felix, as a third eye symbolizes the extent to which he tormented her thoughts, art experts say.
Kahlo and Rivera married each other twice. She died aged just 47 in 1954.
"Diego y yo" last sold at Sotheby's for $1.4 million in 1990.
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By Tyler Clifford
NEW YORK (Reuters) - R. Kelly said on Wednesday he will not testify in his own defense at his sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn, where the government accused the R&B singer of grooming and sexually abusing women and underage girls.
Kelly, 54, announced his intention after five witnesses spoke in his defense over nearly two days, following 4-1/2 weeks of testimony from prosecution witnesses https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/prosecutors-rest-case-against-r-kelly-after-month-testimony-2021-09-20.
"No, ma'am," Kelly told U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly when asked if he would testify, which he is not required to do. Kelly also said he understood the implications of his decision.
Closing arguments are expected to begin later Wednesday, and jurors could begin deliberating on Thursday.
Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, had pleaded not guilty to one count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution.
Prosecutors have tried to portray him as an intemperate predator who exploited his fame to attract fans into his circle, where he would demand strict obedience or else punish them.
Kelly has repeatedly denied sexual abuse accusations https://www.reuters.com/world/us/timeline-r-kellys-life-sex-abuse-case-against-him-2021-08-19, which have dogged him for about two decades.
The defense's fifth witness, music industry executive Julius Darrington, testified on Wednesday that he sometimes spent 10- to 12-hour days with Kelly after meeting him in 2016.
Darrington said he never saw women being locked in rooms, heard screaming or crying, or saw Kelly strike anyone, which other witnesses have said took place.
On cross-examination, prosecutor Elizabeth Geddes tried to emphasize how Darrington was not monitoring Kelly around the clock.
"You have no knowledge of what the defendant did behind closed doors when you weren't there, correct?" she asked.
"Correct," Darrington responded.
Kelly also faces separate criminal charges in federal court in Chicago, and state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.
(Reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told France on Wednesday to "prenez un grip" (get a grip) and "donnez-moi un break" over a submarine deal row that saw Australia tear up a French contract for a trilateral nuclear-powered submarine deal between Australia, the US and the UK.
Johnson's comments came as French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to speak to his US counterpart, Joe Biden, by telephone in a bid to calm tensions following Australia's scrapping of a $66 billion (€56bn) French-designed submarine deal.
France is outraged that its ally Australia negotiated with fellow NATO members, the US and UK, in secret without informing Paris until a few hours before the announcement.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C. a day after he met Biden, Johnson dismissed France's ire: "I just think it's time for some of our dearest friends around the world to 'prenez un grip' about all this, 'donnez-moi un break', because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security."
He was translating the English phrases "get a grip" and "give me a break" literally into French.
"It is not trying to shoulder anybody out, it is not adversarial towards China, for instance, it is there to intensify links and friendship between three countries," he said.
Paris last week recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia, but it has snubbed Britain.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Britain was a "third wheel" in the deal that was guilty of "constant opportunism".
'Going back on a commitment' not a problem for Johnson
The comments came as former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd slammed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's handling of the submarine issue in an interview with FRANCE 24.
"We should have notified the French properly, we should have then recommissioned a tender for a new replacement nuclear-powered submarine project and, thirdly, there are only three countries that can build these things – France, UK & US – it should have been a competitive tender for them," said Rudd.
Johnson's quips are likely to further fuel Paris's anger, according to diplomatic sources. "'Global Britain', it seems, is aimed at projecting Britain around the world, while marginalising Europe. We can't accept that," a French diplomatic source told Reuters, referring to a slogan used by Johnson to describe the UK's ambitions following Brexit.
Britain's role in pushing the new partnership appears to have been larger than initially thought, officials have said, with the deal taking shape during a summit of G7 leaders in Cornwall in June that Macron also attended.
"It's true that going back on a commitment made and the word he gave is something that Boris Johnson finds hard to see why that would be a problem," Nathalie Loiseau, former French Europe minister and European lawmaker, said on Twitter.
"This is the whole problem, however, when one claims to want an international order based on rules and relationships based on trust."
France on Monday cancelled a meeting set for this week between its Defence Minister Florence Parly and her British counterpart Ben Wallace.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)
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