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Christie’s will ask $100 million for this Modigliani nude this fall

Modigliani’s ‘Nu Couché.’Modigliani’s ‘Nu Couché.’
Modigliani’s ‘Nu Couché.’Courtesy of Christie

On Wednesday, the auction house Christie’s announced that it would hold its fall evening sales during a single week in November, with a nude painting by Amedeo Modigliani expected to fetch $100 million, according to the New York Times’ art blog.

Christie’s held its main sales in a single week instead of the traditional two for the first time this spring. The headliner for that auction was a Picasso, which sold for $179.4 million—the highest-priced piece of art ever sold at an auction. Art prices have skyrocketed in recent years: in 2010, a Modigliani nude painting sold at Sotheby’s for $68.9 million, a record high at the time.

Christie’s Nov. 9 sale, which will feature the Modigliani, will also include 25-30 works of art by artists such as Picasso, Giacometti, and Warhol. The Modigliani, from 1917, is called “Nu Couché” (Reclining Nude) and depicts a woman lying naked on a red coverlet.