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Auction shock at Chirste's, in New York. Nu Couché, painted by the Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani between 1917 and 1918, was sold in the American metropolis for $ 170.4 million. Buyer, the Chinese Liu Yiqian, won the auction resolving the dispute by telephone, and he paid an astronomical amount; it is the second most expensive painting ever, behind Les Femmes d'Alger Version 'O' by Pablo Picasso, which it was sold for $ 179.4 million.
Even more incredible is Liu Yiquian's life, who as a boy he earned a living as a taxi driver, and then subsequently accumulate a fortune estimated by Bloomberg around 1.5 billion. Together with his wife he founded two museums, the Long Museum Pudong and the Long Museum West Bund, in Shanghai.
If the art world is celebrating this incredible sale, and more generally a very exciting moment in the history of the art works market, in Italy the controversy rages. Nu Couché, who was part of the collection of Gianni Mattioli and was put on the market by his daughter Laura, is creating many disagreements, even in the political world.