Amedeo Modigliani sculpture sells for 43.2m euros

The Modigliani sculpture The sale was a record for art sold at auction in France

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A sculpted limestone head by Amedeo Modigliani has sold for 43.2m euros (£35.8m) at Christie's auction house in Paris - a record for the artist.

The piece, created between 1910 and 1912 and depicting an elongated face with almond-shaped eyes, was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder.

The Italian artist switched from sculpture to painting later in his life, partly because of ill health.

The sale was also a record for art sold at auction in France, Christie's said.

The 65cm head was first shown at the Salon d'Automne exhibition in Paris in 1912.

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