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    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

    Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché  aold for $170,405,000 at Christie’s in New York last night.  This is the second highest price for any work of art at auction.  It was bought by the Long Museum of China.  Roy Lichtenstein’s Nurse made $95,365,000 in a sale which brought in $419,352,000 and got Christie’s November week sales series off to a flying start.

    Bidders from 35 countries took part. The auction was 71% sold by lot and 87% by value. Five new artist records were achieved, for Courbet, Balthus, Lichtenstein, Modigliani and Nara, as well as and two new records for sculpture by Gauguin and Kirchner. Paul Gauguin’s Thérèse, 1902-03, sold for $30,965,000 and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Tänzerin mit gehobenem Bein, 1913, sold for $8,005,000,.

    Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s Global President said: “In recent years we have created very meaningful relationships with collectors in China and we are delighted to confirm that the Long Museum has purchased our top lot of the evening, Modigliani’s ‘Nu couché’’”

    The previous record for a Modigliani was achieved by Sotheby’s in New York a year ago when Tete (stone) sold for $70 million.  The most expensive painting ever sold at auction was Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version O) which made $179 million at Christie’s in  New York in May.

    (See posts on for October 20 and September 3, 2015)


    Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché

    Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché

    Roy Lichtenstein - Nurse - sold for $95,365,000

    Roy Lichtenstein – Nurse – sold for $95,365,000


    Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
    Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary art evening sale in New York on November 10 includes acclaimed masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jeff Koons and Mark Rothko as well as one of the finest examples from Gerhard Richter’s revered Candle Paintings Series. Christie’s will sell  the major estates on offer this season —the collections of computing pioneer Max Palevsky, actor Dennis Hopper, gallerist and taste-maker Robert Shapazian and philanthropic art collector Nancy Epstein. This auction is estimated to realize upwards of $240 million.
    “This sale contains the high quality, rarity and provenance that creates fireworks at auction,”  Robert Manley of Christie’s New York remarked.
    “Collectors are vying for the best works by the major artists of the last sixty years and Christie’s evening sale is loaded with museum masterpieces.”