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"Tete" by Modigliani to be sold in NY , estimated $ 40 Million $

Of the 26 unique sculptures by Modigliani, 16 can be found in public institutions. On 13 May, < Tête >, a superb and exceptionally rare example of one of the artist’s signature heads, will be offered at Christie’s in New York

Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) is remembered for having lived hard, died young and painted brilliantly. Alongside Picasso, Matisse and a number of other artists we now regard as masters of modernism, he made his home in bohemian Paris at the start of the 20th century.

He’d moved to the French capital in 1906, aged 21, from his hometown of Livorno in Tuscany. In his cramped studios in Montmartre and later Montparnasse, Modigliani painted a host of portraits and nudes, on which his reputation largely rests. However, for a brief spell between around 1910 and 1914, he also took to making sculpture.

Just 26 of Modigliani’s sculptures survive, and one of the very few examples in private hands — the limestone head, Tête — is being offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale at Christie’s New York on 13 May.

‘It’s incredibly rare for his sculptures to come to market, as he produced so few of them,’ says Jessica Fertig, Senior Vice President of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York. < Tête > is considered one of the finest examples still available.’ Christie's magazine


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