Modigliani bare design sells for $170.4m

Nu couche (Reclining Nude_Image copyright
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The portrayal had never been sole during auction before

A portrayal by Italian artist Modigliani was sole during auction on Monday for $170.4m (£113m), a second-highest cost ever for a work sole during auction.

Nu couche (Reclining Nude) was sole during Christie’s in New York to a private Chinese collector.

It had never been sole during auction before, carrying been in a same private collection for about 60 years.

The tip cost achieved for an art work during auction was Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger that sole for $179m (£118.5m).

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That was also sole during Christie’s in May this year.

Nu couche, embellished during 1917 and 1918, was estimated to fetch some-more than $100m before a auction took place. The cost achieved was also a record for a artist.

About half a dozen bidders competed for a Modigliani during a sale, that also enclosed 33 other works, such as Paul Gauguin’s sculpture Therese, that sole for $30,965,000 (£20,502,440).

Roy Lichtenstein’s Nurse, fetched $95,365,000 (£63,123,067), a new universe auction record for a artist and was a second-biggest seller of a night.

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Lichtenstein’s Nurse achieved a record for a artist

The sale took an auction sum of $494.4m (£327.3m) though it was not all good news – scarcely 30% of a works adult for grabs went unsold, including Lucian Freud’s Naked Portrait on a Red Sofa, that was estimated during as many as $30m (£19.85m) though unsuccessful to sell.

Jussi Pylkkanen, Christie’s tellurian boss pronounced a sale of Nu couche was “well-deserved approval for a artist to have realised a cost $100m aloft than any other (Modigliani) work formerly offering during auction”.

Referencing a sale’s unsold lots, Pylkkanen pronounced that was a risk of “pushing a envelope” and forked out that some works were possibly not uninformed to a market, or were maybe aggressively priced.

While Picasso and Modigliani are a tip dual sales during auction, the many costly work of art ever sole was a Paul Gauguin work that fetched $300m progressing this year. Nafea Faa Ipoipo, or When Will You Marry? was embellished in 1892 and was sole privately.

The tip 10 many costly works of art sole during auction:

  1. Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (1955) – $179,364,992
  2. Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couche (1917 – 1918) – $170,405,000
  3. Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucien Freud (1969) – $142,404,992
  4. Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme au doigt (1947) – $141,284,992
  5. Edvard Munch’s The Scream (1895) – $119,922,496
  6. Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust (1932) – $106,482,496
  7. Andy Warhol, Silver Car Crash (1963) – $105,445,000
  8. Pablo Picasso’s Garcon a la siren (1905) – $104,168,000
  9. Alberto Giacometti’s L’homme qui marche (1960) – $103,935,480
  10. Alberto Giacometti’s Chariot (1950) – $100,965,000
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