15 March 2022



A painting by Diego Rivera, thought to have been lost, was sold today at Christie’s Latin American Sale in New York for $4.1 million. The estimate was $700,000 to $900,000. The buyer was the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The painting was believed to be missing. It has never been exhibited. It was known to art historians from a black and white photo taken at about the time the painting was created—1928. La bordardora (The Embroiderer) has been owned by the same New Orleans family since the late 1920s.

The record for the price of a Diego Rivera painting is $9.76 million.

La bordardora will be exhibited at Diego Rivera’s America at the San Francisco Museum of Art in July 2022.

Diego Rivera, La bordadora (1928) oil on canvas,
31 ¼ x 39 inches, private collection.