Colombian Fernando Botero’s Matadors, Chile’s Matta Top Latin American Auction at Christie’s

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- A portrait of an infant matador and his bullfighting elders, painted by Colombian Fernando Botero, topped Christie’s Latin American art sale, which also set auction records for postwar Brazilian, Colombian, Mexican and Argentine artists. Botero’s 1985 “Family Scene” of bullfighters fetched $1.7 million, the top lot of an $18.65 million sale on Wednesday evening, which also underscored strong demand for Chile’s Matta, whose work bridges abstraction and surrealism. Voluminous Boteros sold well. The corpulent bullfighters in “Family Scene” feature matadors in their finery, including a crawling toddler wearing a red tie and white stockings. Botero’s bronze “Seated Woman” sculpture sold for $842,500. Matta’s 1956 “S’Enroseer” and his 1942 “Untitled” also ranked as top lots, respectively at $866,500 and