Surrealism, Botero in Latin America Auctions this Week at Christie’s and Sotheby’s

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NEW YORK (REUTERS).- A voodoo-inspired Cuban work and a portrait of a bullfighting family by Colombian Fernando Botero top this week’s Latin American art auctions at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York. Christie’s expects to see sales of up to $26 million at its auction that starts on Wednesday and Sotheby’s is predicting as much as $27 million at its sale beginning on Tuesday, which would be their biggest since the spring 2008 before the financial crisis. “There’s a renovated confidence and energy in the market,” said Christie’s Latin American art chief. He added that there could be a carryover from fall auctions which saw record-smashing prices for contemporary and post-war art. The top lot at Sotheby’s is Cuban surrealist Wifredo Lam’s “Las Abalochas dansent pour Dhambala, dieu de l’unite.” Lam visited Haiti with Surrealism founder Andre Breton. The painting takes its