Modigliani Masterpiece Sells in Jerusalem for NIS 31.5m

Painting by Italian Jewish artist sets record for most expensive painting to be auctioned in Israel.

The Matsart gallery and auction house in Jerusalem sold on Tuesday a painting by Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani for NIS 31.5 million.

The Modigliani, called "Portrait de Anne Bjarne" (oil on canvas, 65 x 100 cm), was painted in 1919 and comes from the private collection of millionaire Meshulam Riklis. The work was sold on Tuesday during an auction which took place at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

The Modigliani was transferred by the Riklises for sale at the Matsart auction house because of the gallery's success in selling masterpieces, such as those by Camille Pissarro and Chaim Soutine, which commanded a record price in Israel.

International artists whose works were also on sale at the event include Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Utrillo, Robert Indiana and Marc Chagall. Among the Israeli offerings are those from the collection of Tehilla and Yigal Slonim, which includes works by artists Reuven Reuben, Moshe Castel, Nahum Gutman, Yosl Bergner, Moshe Mokadi and others.
 

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