Another Battle To Own ‘Greatness’

Posted: April 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

masterpiece that was once censored on the grounds of obscenity has now set a new auction record.

Sotheby’s has announced that “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” (1917) by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, which depicts a naked French woman in repose, will lead its Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on May 14 with an pre-sale estimate in excess of $150 million — the highest estimate placed on an artwork at auction.

Until now, this record was held by Pablo Picasso’s “Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’)” (1955), which had an estimate of $140 million and went on to sell for $179 million. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi,” which became the world’s most expensive artwork when it sold for $450 million in 2017, had a (relatively) modest estimate of $100 million.

Modigliani first unveiled his series of nudes in 1917 at his first and only solo show, an exhibition at Paris’ Berthe Weill gallery. It’s said that the exhibition was shut down within hours of its opening because a police officer was offended by the models’ pubic hair.

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