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Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” (1917-18). Credit via Christie’s

Amedeo Modigliani’s “Nu Couché” (1917-18). Credit via Christie’s

“A painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early-20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani sold on Monday night for $170.4 million with fees to Liu Yiqian, a former taxi driver turned billionaire art collector, in a packed sales room at Christie’s. It was the second-highest price paid for an artwork at auction.”

“The sale propelled Modigliani into the $100 Million at Auction Club, whose members include Picasso (three times), Bacon, Giacometti (three times), Warhol and Munch.”  Read the New York Times article here.  Fascinating!

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Picasso's Dora Maar

Picasso’s Dora Maar

Modigliani's Young Man

Modigliani’s Young Man

At the same Christie’s sale that saw the Monet that we talked about  yesterday go for millions there was a Picasso, “Portrait of Dora Maar”, that sold for $22.5 million.

A Modigliani sold at the same auction for $17.6 million.

At that particular auction on Tuesday, Christie’s sold 47 pieces for more than $285 million!

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In July I spent a day at the National Gallery of Art enjoying the Chester Dale Exhibit.  If you haven’t seen it, you must go.  And as promised I am sharing with you some of the paintings that I saw there.  I chose these three today because I re-watched an amazing film yesterday that involves these two painters.  It’s called Modigliani.  Andy Garcia plays the painter and does an excellent job.

Painter Amedeo Modigliani is famous for his portraits with the singularly recognizable elongated faces. And one of his greatest rivals is Picasso.

Here are two of the Modigliani’s and a Picasso from the Chester Dale exhibit for you to enjoy.

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