Never before has so much money been paid at auction for a work by a Latin American artist, the BBC wrote. The former peak was held by Diego Rivera, who had decades of turbulent relationships with Kahlo. A painting by Rivera found a buyer in 2018 for $ 9.76 million.

The work of Kahlo (1907-1954), Diego y yo (Diego and I) is one of the artist’s last self-portraits. In the picture, she depicts herself in tears, painting the face of her husband, Diego, over her eyes. “It’s one of the most significant Kahlo images ever auctioned,” wrote Sotheby’s.

The buyer, according to The New York Times, is Eduardo F. Cosantini, who founded a museum in Argentina. The painting was last auctioned for 1.4 million in 1990.

Considered one of the greatest painters of the 20th century, Kahló was made famous for his intimate self-portraits radiating pain and isolation. His painful relationship with his body can be traced through his works: his right leg was deformed due to polio, and then he suffered injuries that affected his entire life in a bus accident. He proudly promoted the culture of the indigenous peoples of Mexico with his art.