NEW YORK (AFP) - Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo's sprawling "America" fetched 6.8 million dollars, just under pre-auction estimate, at Sotheby's Latin American art auction that showed the effects of the ongoing financial crisis. The 14-by-4.0 meter (13-by-46 foot) vinylite and sand on canvas Tamayo made in 1955 for a bank in Houston, Texas, bank, had a pre-auction estimate of 7-9 million dollars, but its sale Tuesday, just shy of the lowest figure, elicited a round of applause from the public. The reaction underscored the difficulty the art auction was having in the midst of the US financial crisis, which last week also caused lackluster sales in Sotheby's modern and contemporary art auction. Spanish-Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo's "Planta Insumisa," went for 1.42 million dollars, within pre-auction estimate of 1.4-1.8 million. Another good sale was "Constructif avec Rythme Dentele," by Uruguayan Joaquin Torres Garcia sold for 842,500 dollars, also within pre-auction estimates of 800,000-1.2 million dollars. Another Torres-Garcia work, "Costruzione Geometrica," was sold with a round of applause at 398,500 dollars, more than twice its pre-auction estimate. Sotheby's Latin American art auction will conclude on Thursday, with the next star attraction expected to be Torres-Garcia's "Tres Figuras," which has a pre-auction estimate of two-to-three million dollars.