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Brancusi Sculpture Sells for Record $71 Million at Christie's

A brass head by Constantin Brancusi fetched $71 million at Christie’s on Tuesday, setting a record for the artist.

Titled “La Jeune Fille Sophistiquee (Portrait de Nancy Cunard),” the 1932 unique cast depicts a woman with a ponytail, displayed on a block of marble. It was estimated at more than $70 million by the auction house, which offered it during the evening sale of Impressionist and modern art in New York. The Romanian-born artist’s previous auction record was $57.4 million, set last year.