Faces mean a lot as they are expressive and can say many things without uttering a single word. That should explain the interest that art lovers are showing for a sculpted stone head by artist Amedeo Modigliani. It was put under the hammer at Christie’s, Paris, and earned a new record of $52.8 million, the Italian artist’s highest to date. Dated between 1910 and 1912, the sculpture depicts the face with almond-shaped eyes and flowing hair, syncing with the artist’s paintings.
Originally owned by Gaston Levy for 83 long years, he purchased it in 1927 at an auction at Hotel Drouot in Paris. An unnamed telephonic bidder now owns the sculpture.