Here's the most valuable private art collection ever auctioned

Amedeo Modigliani's Portrait of Paulette Jordan (1919) will head the sale of the world's most valuable private art collection ever auctioned.

It's expected to make $25m-35m in one of two sales of the collection of shopping mall magnate A Alfred Taubman in New York in November and January.

Modigliani Sothebys Taubman
Modigliani died of meningitis in Paris in 1920

Modigliani's auction record stands at $69m, set for Nude Sitting on a Divan in 2010.

The collection consists of around 500 works with a combined estimated value of $500m.

Other works on offer include Willem De Kooning's Untitled XXI, which carries an identical estimate of $25m-35m.

Pieces from Picasso, Mark Rothko and Frank Stella will also feature.

Simon Shaw, Sotheby's co-head of impressionist & modern art, comments: "Alfred had an exceptional visual sense that informed his collecting,"

"The upcoming auctions will unveil Alfred's extraordinary taste across periods and genres. The Taubman name will join such storied American collections as Ford, Gould, Dorrance, Havemeyer and Thannhauser.

"Interestingly, a number of the works we are presenting for sale were formerly part of those esteemed collections."

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