During the auction, which took place on May 14 in New York, the picture of the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” left by the hammer. The buyer, whose name is not disclosed, paid $157.2 million for the canvas — this is a new record of the auction house Sotheby’s: no other work for a similar amount was sold.
As The Guardian writes, despite the huge cost, the picture still didn’t become the most expensive painting by Modigliani. In 2015, another of his work from the same series was sold at Christie’s auction for $170.4 million.
Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) is part of a series of paintings that Modigliani wrote on behalf of his friend Leopold Zborowski. In 1917, these paintings, which are mostly imprinted naked girls, presented at an exhibition in Paris. The authorities considered it to violate the norms of public morality and in a couple of days they closed it.