Frida Kahlo letters to her lover José Bartoli to be auctioned at Doyle New York

An important group of twenty-five love letters by Frida Kahlo will be auctioned at Doyle New York on Wednesday, April 15. Kahlo wrote the letters from 1946 through 1949 to her lover José Bartoli, a Spanish artist whom she met in New York. Many of the letters include keepsakes inserted by Kahlo, among them drawings, photographs, pressed flowers and other mementos. Totaling over one hundred pages, the love letters were secreted away and cherished privately by Bartoli until his death in 1995. They have descended in the family to the current owner. This remarkable cache of letters is unpublished and only now being made public. They are estimated at $80,000-120,000. Frida Kahlo met José Bartoli in New York while she was recuperating from spinal surgery

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