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.''

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.