The Italian Sale brought the highest total for any 20th-century Italian Art sale at any auction house, realising £41,412,650. The sale was led by Piero Manzoni’s Achrome which sold for £12,626,500 against an estimate of £5-7 million and made a new record for the artist. There was a strong demand for Zero; Alongside Manzoni, works by Castellani, Bonalumi and Simeti nearly doubled the previous records for the artists. All three works came from Giobatta Meneguzzo’s collection and were sold to benefit his museum, the Museo Casabianca. Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale, Attese (1964-65) also soared to £1,560,900 against an estimate of £700,000 -900,000.
Presenting masterpieces by artists from Marino Marini to Lucio Fontana, the Italian Sale includes one of Piero Manzoni’s most monumental Achromes. Spanning an expansive 150cm in width, it is one of the largest works from this series ever created. It is joined by an important Futurist work by Giacomo Balla, formerly in the private collection of distinguished founding director of MoMA in New York, Alfred Barr, which has remained in the family ever since it was acquired directly from the artist.
Offering major paintings from the renowned Collection of Alessandro Grassi, such as Alighiero Boetti’s Tavole Pitagoriche, the sale will also include remarkable pieces by Enrico Castellani, Agostino Bonalumi, Turi Simeti and Lucio Fontana from Giobatta Meneguzzo’s tightly curated collection originally presented in his house, “lo scarabeo sotto la foglia”, an architectural vision designed by the illustrious Giò Ponti in 1964.
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|5||Please note that this work is registered in the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, Milan, under the number 3917/1 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.|
|9||Please note that this work is registered in the Archivio Bonalumi, Milan, under number 66-087.|
|11||Please note that this work is signed on the reverse of the large panel and registered in the Archivio Turi Simeti under the number 1695-B0561 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.|
|13||Please refer to the website for updated literature and exhibition references for this work and note that the following amendments to the cataloguing: white acrylic on three superimposed canvases, executed circa 1964, and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|20||This lot is subject to a guarantee of the selling price and an irrevocable bid.|
|21||Please note that the correct title of this work is Via del Lavatore 83 and not as stated in the printed catalogue.|
|22||This lot is subject to a guarantee of the selling price and an irrevocable bid.|
|24||This lot is subject to a guarantee of the selling price and an irrevocable bid.|
|26||This lot is subject to a guarantee of the selling price and an irrevocable bid.|
|39||Please note that this work is registered in the Archivio della Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, under the number FV9 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.|
|40||Please refer to the website for updated exhibition and literature references for this work. Please also note that this work is registered in the Archivio Giuseppe Santomaso, Milan, under number sot / 965 and will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné edited by the Archivio Giuseppe Santomaso and Umberto Allemandi Editore.|
|41||Please note that this work is registered in the Archivio della Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, under the number FV10 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.|
|46||Please note that this work was executed in 1992.|