Last week, Chinese collector Liu Yiqian purchased the piece at Christie's ''The Artist's Muse'' sale for a record-breaking $170.4 million. Along with his wife Wang wei, Yiqian plans to exhibit the work at the gallery the couple launched in 2012, the Long Museum, Shanghai.

Image via AP Photo/Alastair Grant Image via AP Photo/Alastair Grant

However, the mayor of Livorno does not share in the couple's joy at bringing the work to Shanghai. He said to the press: "I am displeased that it went to a private person because I think it should have been given to a museum so that it could be seen by everyone."

''Its beauty could have affected many people and now that may not happen."

"Livorno has a strange relationship with Modigliani. It's a visceral love and then also a sense of guilt because Modigliani left Livorno as a young man. Modigliani is celebrated a lot here.''

Modigliani, Picasso and André Salmon in front the Café de la Rotonde, Paris Image taken by Jean Cocteau in Montparnasse, Paris in 1916 Image via Modigliani Institut Archives Légales, Paris-Rome Modigliani, Picasso and André Salmon in front the Café de la Rotonde, Paris
Image taken by Jean Cocteau in Montparnasse, Paris in 1916
Image via Modigliani Institut Archives Légales, Paris-Rome

The Modigliani became the world's second most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction and set a new record for an Italian artist. Read more here.

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