Nude Painting Fetches Record Sum in Auction
Modigliani's 'Reclining Nude' goes for $170M
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2015 7:00 PM CST
This undated image provided by Christie's shows the painting "Reclining Nude," created in 1917 to 1918 by Amedeo Modigliani, that caused a scandal nearly a century ago.   (Courtesy of Christie's Images via AP, File)

(Newser) – A painting by Amedeo Modigliani has fetched $170.4 million at an auction in New York, setting a world record for the artist. "Reclining Nude" was sold at Christie's on Monday after a protracted bidding battle. It was the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a work of art. Considered one of his best known works, the 1917-1918 painting nearly created a scandal when it was first exhibited in Paris. The previous auction record for a Modigliani was $71 million. Pablo Picasso's painting "Women of Algiers (Version O)" set the record for the highest sum ever paid for an artwork at auction. It sold for $179.4 million at Christie's in May. Christie's expects to sell at least $1 billion of art over a series of sales this week.