Modigliani nude expected to lead spring art auctions with record price of $150 million

Sotheby’s Tuesday morning unveiled a painting by Amedeo Modigliani that’s expected to fetch more than $150 million at next month’s auction, making it one of the most expensive ever to go under the hammer.

The painting, called “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche),” or “Reclining nude,” adds to the bonanza of high-priced art expected to come up for sale in May at the major auction houses. The grand total during the two weeks could top $2 billion.

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