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.