Tête is a limestone sculpture by Amedeo Modigliani and is among the most expensive works of art ever sold. Tête is one of 27 known sculptures by Modigliani and was made between 1910 and 1912. The limestone head stands over 2 feet tall and depicts the head of a woman wearing a tribal mask with her hair swept back. It was first exhibited at the 1912 Salon d’Automne and in 2010 an anonymous telephone bidder purchased Tête for €43.2 million at Christie’s in Paris. The sale was a record at a French auction and placed the sculpture amongst the most expensive ever sold. An anonymous telephone bidder won the auction. Around 20 bidders, most of whom were not present at the auction and instead phoned in their bid, competed for the piece in the opening ten minutes. The expected price of €4m–€6m was quickly surpassed and towards the end only four bidders remained. The winning bidder, who remained anonymous, paid €43,185,000, the highest price for any work of art sold in France and one of the highest paid for a sculpture in the world.

Amedeo Modigliani 1884-1920 - Italian Expressionist painter and sculptor - Sculpture - Tutt'Art@ (14)

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