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    Best Total for a Modern & Contemporary Art Auction in Italy

    Date: 26 May 2007 | | Views: 3965

    Source: ArtDaily (www.artdaily.org)

    Mario Sironi, Paesage with templum, sold for ˆ 826.500, World Auction Record for the Artist.
    MILAN, ITALY - In a packed saleroom and with 40 telephones connected with Italian and foreign collectors 4 times applauses interrupted the auction: for Sironi, Scarpitta, Manzoni and at the end of the last session to underline a very successful event. 100% sold for the sophisticated Verheyen Collection coming from Belgium which registered world auction records for Gűnther Uecker’s “Spirale” (ˆ 288.000) and for “Merda d’artista n. 018” by Piero Manzoni (ˆ 120.000).

    An astonishing price was fetched by a small (cm. 30x40) 1958 “Achrome” by Manzoni - a gift from the artist to his friend and colleague, Jef Verheyen: from an estimate of ˆ 150.000-200.000 to an European private collector for ˆ 988.200.

    Stefano Moreni, responsible of the sale and auctioneer, commented: “Very high prices for Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Transavanguardia, Gruppo Zero and Cynetic Art have been registered.

    In the top ten list I am delighted to include also two important Novecento masterpieces: further to the refine 1913 pastel on paper by Gino Severini – a wonderful equilibrium between Cubism and Futurism – I would like to mention the world record set for a 1930 important Sironi’s ‘Paesage with templum’ formerly in the collection of Margherita Sarfatti, eminent woman of culture, journalist and art critic of the 30s-40s.”

    Beside to Italian and International private buyers strong bidding also from national institutions.

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