Raphaelle Blanga, Sotheby's
Sale Director: Tonight has been confirmed the positive trend of Italian Art Sales in accordance with a highly active market even to the quality/price ratio.. The small collection Identità Italiana, further to the result for Savinio Savinio La mère et lenfant has given good results for the Maestri of Novecento, with a particular attention to the still life genre, with a great quality works, fresh to the market; to be note the sale of Natura Morta by Felice Casorati sold at 84.750 and the still life executed in 1922 by Mario Mario Sironi Sironi sold at 82.250; furthermore Sironi has registered a very good price with his Evocazione Ritmica, sold at 99.150 despite the pre-sale estimate of 50-70.000.
The beautiful Personaggio by Licini Licini dated 1945, from the same private collection, with a presale estimate of 130-180-000 has been sold at 192.750. Great success for Gnoli Gnoli sold at 111.150, a world record for an early work by the artist.
In the Top Ten all the masterpiece of the XX Century have exceeded the estimates of the catalogue.
It should be pointed out also a great interest for sculptures: great prices were reached by artists such as Arnaldo Pomodoro Arnaldo Pomodoro (lot 111 sold at 132.750 and lot 105 sold at 194.750), Melotti (lot 99 sold at 96.750), Uncini Uncini (lot 106 sold at 84.750), Vangi Vangi (lot 63 sold at 144.750), Marino Marini Marino Marini (lot. 36 sold at 96.750), Agenore Fabbri Agenore Fabbri (lot 42 sold at 10.000 euro), e Libero Andreotti Libero Andreotti (lot 29 sold at 29.550).
In the Top Ten, many positions were filled by Lucio Fontanas works, the artist was at auction with a wide range of works of art and techniques, from water-paint on canvas to ceramic, about this last one it should be noted the magnificent Cappa per Caminetto sold at 186.750.
Coming from the American collection of Dodie Rosenkrans the masterpiece by Gius Giuseppe Santomaso dated 1968 Tensione, has been acquired by a foreign collector for 204.750. Good results for Alighiero Boetti Alighiero Boetti with his Tavola Pitagorica dated 1990 sold at 156.750 with a pre-sale estimate of 40-60.000, and Arazzo executed in 1989 sold at 216.750 to a foreign collector.