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Modigliani Sculpture Sets Records in Paris

Modigliani Sculpture Sets Records in Paris

Auction officer and Christie's France President Francois de Ricqles directs an auction of an Amadeo Modigliani's sculpture, "Head", at Christie's auction house in Paris, Monday, June, 14, 2010. The sculpture was sold for euro 38,500,000 ($ 46,970,000). (A

Associated Press

June 16, 2010

PARIS — A sculpted stone head by artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at Christie’s in Paris on Monday for euro43.18 million ($52.8 million), breaking the record for a work by the Italian artist, the auction house said.

It was also the highest-priced work sold at an auction in France, Christie’s said. An anonymous buyer bid for the piece by telephone.

The piece, sculpted between 1910 and 1912, depicts an elongated head with almond-shaped eyes and flowing hair, and it is reminiscent of the artist’s paintings. Modigliani, who lived from 1884 to 1920, originally focused on sculpture but switched to painting in part because of health problems.

The painting was part of a collection amassed by Gaston Levy, a French businessman who founded the country’s Monoprix supermarket chain. Levy died in 1977.


“Head”, a sculpture by Amadeo Modigliani is seen during an auction at Christie’s auction house in Paris.

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