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May 19, 2024

Matisse sets new 49-million-dollar record

NEW YORK (The Associated Foreign Press) – A large bronze sculpture of a woman's back by Henri Matisse has sold for nearly 49 million dollars in New York, setting a new record for the French impressionist.

Measuring 74.5 inches (189.2 cm), "Nu de dos" was the star of the auction at Christie's. It went under the hammer just a day after rival Sotheby's auctioned an Amedeo Modigliani painting for a record 69 million dollars.

"Nu de dos, 4 etat (Back IV)," had been estimated to sell for between 25 and 35 million dollars, before a bidding war sent the price spiraling to 48,802,500 dollars. Christie's called the sale "extraordinary."

A record was also set at Christie's for Juan Gris, whose cubist oil on canvas painting, "Violon et guitare," sold for 28.6 million dollars.