Whether you love it or love to hate it, there is no avoiding the roly-poly repertoire of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero (see ART’s Latin American ART Report for rankings of Latin American artists by volume, value and single high price).
This week, 23 Boteros are estimated to bring in between $5.4 million and $7.4 million at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The most highly estimated Botero, a 2002 cast of Woman on a Horse that stands more than eight feet tall, is offered at Christie’s on Wednesday with an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million (pictured above right).
A very similar Botero horsewoman, this one cast in 2000, is available at Sotheby’s (pictured above far right). Measuring a little more than half the size of the Christie’s Botero, the Sotheby’s lot is a little less than half the price ($350,000-$450,000).
For information about recent trends in Botero’s market,