Sotheby’s in Milan: Auctions, Exhibitions and more

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Sotheby's Milan office is based at Palazzo Serbelloni, in the centre of the city, where our charming exhibition rooms allow us to host auctions, lectures and travelling exhibitions. These events bring together collectors from the whole of Italy and from around the world. Click ahead to see highlights of some of the recent events that have taken place in Milan.

Sotheby’s in Milan: Auctions, Exhibitions and more

  • Celebrity chef Davide Oldani ensured an unforgettable evening at Sotheby’s in Milan on November 23rd 2017 with an exclusive dinner. The event, was held ahead of the Milan Modern & Contemporary Art sale. Here chef Oldani poses with Raphaelle Blanga, Sotheby’s Head of Italy Modern and Contemporary art department (right) and Beatrice Botta, Sotheby’s Milan Co-head of sale (left) in front of Josef Albers, Studio per Homage to square.
  • Art from the Milan Modern and Contemporary was on view throughout the dinner which was held at the Milan office galleries at Palazzo Serbelloni.
  • The dinner ended with Oldani’s famous mou, chocolate and gold dessert.
  • Sotheby's holds regular Modern and Contemporary auctions in Milan with Raphaelle Blanga as auctioneer. She is the head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department in Italy and leads an all-female team of five.
  • The Milan office holds a travelling exhibition of The Italian Sale, which takes place in London every year. In October 2015, a selection of highlights of the sale was exhibited in our premises.
  • Maarten ten Holder, Sotheby’s Managing Director, Europe, pictured together with Sotheby’s Milan's Francesco Colasuonno in front of Lucio Fontana’s La fine di Dio, which sold for £15.9 million in the 2015 Italian Sale in London, establishing a new auction record for the artist.
  • In September 2016, guests were invited to a cocktail event during the travelling exhibition of The Italian Sale in Milan. A selection of stunning works from the sale were on display, including Alberto Burri’s blood-red Rosso Plastica 5, Enrico Castellani’s Superficie Bianca, which sold for £950,000.
  • During the exhibition of highlights from our May Modern and Contemporary sale, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art specialist Marta Giani and Danda Santini, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Italia, led a conversation about art and fashion in the galleries, which also displayed Burberry’s fabulous new collection alongside iconic contemporary artworks.
  • Sotheby's specialist Marta Giani with Countess Cecilia Matteucci, pictured with Tancredi's Senza Titolo, which sold for €279,000. This painting will be exhibited in the long-awaited Tancredi retrospective exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s museum in Venice in November 2016.
  • The Modern and Contemporary Art sale held in Milan on 25 and 26 May 2016 focused on the best Italian art of the 1960s, including artworks by Festa, Angeli, Tacchi and Fioroni. Mario Schifano's Grigio 402 (pictured) sold for €627,000.
  • On 1 May 2016, cars were the stars of the show as 400 guests flocked to Sotheby's in Milan to see an exhibition of upcoming sale highlights. Six cars from the RM Sotheby's Monaco sale took pride of place in the office's stunning courtyard at Palazzo Serbelloni.
  • In 2016, guests also got the opportunity to see highlights from the Geneva watch sale, including a yellow gold automatic chronograph wristwatch presented by Jack W. Heuer to Ronnie Peterson circa 1972.
  • In June 2016, Milan expanded its business with the auction of a Milanese Cabinet Collection, a sale dedicated mostly to 16th- and 17th-century paintings, furniture and works of art. Highlights included a stunning pair of terracotta figures by Giovanni Baratta depicting Bacchus and Venus and a bronze group depicting Apollo and Daphne by Francesco Righetti.
  • Filippo Lotti, Sotheby’s Managing Director, Italy, selling a 17th-century miniature chandelier in coral, silver and gilt bronze, which fetched €75.000 in our Milanese Cabinet Collection sale in Milan on 13 June 2016. For the first time in an international Milanese sale, most of the lots were accompanied by export licences.
  • A selection from Sotheby’s Geneva’s Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels sale travelled to Milan in 2016. The exhibition included a coral and diamond demi parure, comprising a necklace and a pair of ear clips by Petochi; a superb Burmese sapphire weighing 23.88 carats mounted as a ring; a pair of diamond ear clips of floral design; and a set of ice-cream cone brooches by Bulgari.
  • On 23 and 24 June 2016 Sotheby’s Milan hosted the presentation of the monograph on artist Roberto Paolini edited by Adriana Polveroni, professor of Contemporary Museology at the Brera Academy in Milan. A selection of extraordinary jewels from Paolini’s Archive Collection were exhibited and worn by a model during the event at Palazzo Serbelloni.
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