World Record Price for a Modigliani Sculpture Sold at Auction at Christie’s in Paris

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Christie's France President Francois de Ricqles directs an auction of an Amadeo Modigliani's sculpture, "Head", at Christie's auction house in Paris, Monday, June, 14, 2010. The sculpture was sold for euro 43.18 million ($52.8 million). - AP Photo/Christophe Ena

PARIS (AP).- A sculpted stone head by artist
Amedeo Modigliani sold at Christie’s in Paris on Monday for euro 43.18
million
($52.8 million), breaking the record for a work by the Italian artist,
the
auction house said. It was also the highest-priced work sold at an
auction in
France, Christie’s said. An anonymous buyer bid for the piece by
telephone. The
piece, sculpted between 1910 and 1912, depicts an elongated head with
almond-shaped eyes and flowing hair, and it is reminiscent of the
artist’s
paintings. Modigliani, who lived from 1884 to 1920, originally focused
on
sculpture but switched to painting in part because of health problems.