Modigliani's "Reclining Nude" Sells For $170 Million
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Modigliani’s “Reclining Nude” Sells For $170 Million


Ben Pruchnie via Getty Images NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Amedeo Modigliani fetched $170.4 million at an auction Monday, setting a world record for the artist and achieving the second highest price ever garnered for a work of art at auction. “Reclining Nude” was sold at Christie’s in Manhattan after a protracted bidding battle. Considered one of his best known works, the 1917-1918 painting nearly created a scandal when it was first exhibited in Paris. It depicts an unknown nude model reclining on a crimson couch and blue cushion. The previous auction record for a Modigliani was $71 million. TIMOTHY A. CLARY via Getty Images Pablo Picasso’s painting “Women of Algiers (Version O)” set the record for the highest sum ever paid for an artwork at auction. It sold for $179.4 million at Christie’s in May. Works by Roy Lichtenstein and Paul Gauguin also were poised to set artist auction records in the curated auction at Christie’s. A Lichtenstein work not seen on the market for 20 years also is on tap. “Nurse,” which has a stellar exhibition and provenance history, is estimated to bring $80 million, exceeding the auction record for the pop artist of $56 […]


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