This work is registered in the archives of the Archivio Alighiero Boetti, Rome under number 2656 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Private Collection Christie's, London, 27 June 2001, Lot 14 Acquired from the above by the present owner
"I once placed the letters of my name in alphabetical order. I had been struck by the fact that society’s very foundations, its gigantic structures, would collapse, if only some minute elements, such as the alphabetical order were no longer there." Alighiero Boetti Exh. Cat., Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (and travelling), Alighiero Boetti 1965-1994, 1996-7, p. 201
The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate although the overall tonality is slightly lighter in the original.
This work is in very good condition. There are a few pulled threads in isolated places, which is in keeping with the artist's choice of medium. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."