>> Casually gazing back at a room of calculating bidders, the subject of Amedeo Modigliani Nu's Couché called for a handsome price.>> I should stop the bidding here at 125 million.>> It's so sexy because also it's coy. She will choose when to reveal herself. And she also has remarkable agency.
She's an assertive woman.>> The woman, believed to be a professional model, was painted in 1917, shortly before the artist's death at age 35.>> He's an artist who plowed his own furrow, he didn't follow trends. But now we recognize, I think, the things that he introduced within his art, perhaps quite nuanced, but are actually tremendously important.
So he's been reappraised.>> At $139 million.
ld.>> A record breaking $157.2 million with taxes and fees, the highest price of any work in Sotheby's 274 year history, but just over the estimated $150 million expected.>> It was not an exuberant room, but it was one very solid, some really strong competition.
>> Nu Couché is Modgigliani's largest painting, but not his largest sale. Another of the artist's painting sold for 170 million in 2015, making Modigliani the first artist with two paintings selling over the 150 million mark.