Modigliani Nude Makes $157.2 M. in Uneven Impressionist-Modern Sale at Sotheby’s That Totals $318.3 M.
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Modigliani Nude Makes $157.2 M. in Uneven Impressionist-Modern Sale at Sotheby’s That Totals $318.3 M.

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), 1917, oil on canvas, sold for $157.2 M. There was no debate over the star lot in Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and modern art earlier this evening. At nearly five feet wide, Amedeo Modigliani’s trophy nude, Nu couche (sur la cote gauche) , 1917, is the largest in the painter’s storied series of 22 nudes. With its horizontal format, it is also the only one to encompass the entire figure of the reclining model, who is propped against a white pillow and staring over her right shoulder directly at the viewer with bold confidence. Her bright red lips and dark hair contrast strikingly with the expanse of exposed, and seemingly endless flesh, making for a spectacular and classical odalisque. The painting was featured in Tate Modern’s recent blockbuster Modigliani exhibition and graced the cover of the catalogue printed for the sale at Sotheby’s. The house gave it an unpublished presale estimate in the celestial—and unprecedented—region of $150 million. And yet, she captured just a single bid at $139 million on the telephone, presumably to the house’s prearranged irrevocable bidder. With fees, the painting sold for $157.2 million. Still, that ranks […]

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