The Milan Modern & Contemporary Art sale achieved €11,313,975, above the pre-sale high estimate. The top lot of the auction was Lucio Fontana's Concetto Spaziale, Attese, which achieved €985,500.
Raphaelle Blanga, Head of Modern and Contemporary Art Department, Sotheby’s Italy, commented that this sale was “a very selected auction, focused on Italian post-war, from conceptual to Arte Povera, through Italian pop art, matching the Italian and international collector’s demand. Quality and provenance of the works are the first criteria of our selection.”
Following the exceptional success of the recent Italian Sale in London, our auction in Milan on 25 and 26 November features works from the most renowned Modern and Contemporary Italian masters, rigorously sourced from prestigious private collections.
Highlights include several masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, including a perfect two-cut canvas in red and various shaped canvases by Agostino Bonalumi dating from 1964 until the 1980s. Amongst several white canvases by Enrico Castellani, we can highlight both an impressive large-size Superficie Bianca from 1979 and a rare Superficie Esagonale, dated 1970. Works by Paolo Scheggi and Dadamaino are also included in the sale. Representing the Arte Povera movement are Michelangelo Pistoletto, with Uomo che Spara, a polished stainless steel work from 1973, and two square embroideries by Alighiero Boetti. A fine selection of Mario Schifano paintings together with Arnaldo Pomodoro, Tancredi, Piero Dorazio and Giulio Paolini completes the sale.