In a case of pure bravado, I had the audacity recently to write an AAD article in which I stated that when Amedeo Modigliani’s Sleeping Nude with Arms Open (Red Nude) 1917, o/c came to auction it would sell for at least $98.7 million dollars. I was wrong.
At Christies auction on Monday, November 9th, the 23.62” x 36.22” painting set the world auction record for a Modigliani at $170,405,000, or a paltry $198,697.94 to the square inch.
A gorgeous and forthright nude of great power, strength and clarity that represents the height of Modigliani’s skill, depth and acuity not just of the female form, but of the human condition in Europe in 1917; approachable yet vulnerable.
According to Christie’s, the portrait broke the existing world auction record of $70.7 million for any work by Modigliani, one of the truly great artists of the 20th century.
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