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CHRISTIE’S. Londra, 11 ottobre 2012


La Evening Auction di “Post-War & Contemporary Art” ha totalizzato  £23,020,650 ($36,833,040 / €28,614,668). Il top price “Untitled” del 1992 di Martin Kippenberger venduto per £3,117,250 ($5,083,600 ⁄ €3,949,322), nuovo record per l’artista in una vendita all’asta. Quattro lotti sono stati venduti al di sopra di 1 milione di sterline. Dieci per oltre 1 milione di dollari. I buyers provenienti da 18 paesi, 25% dei lotti venduti al di sopra delle stime e nuovi record sono stati stabiliti per 4 artisti, tra cui  Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), Idris Khan (B. 1978), Rebecca Warren (B. 1965)e Jonathan Wateridge (B. 1972).

Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997)
Untitled (from the series Hand-Painted Pictures)
oil on canvas
71 x 59in. (180.4 x 149.8cm.)
Painted in 1992.Price Realized £3,177,250 ($5,077,246)
Estimate £2,500,000 – £3,500,000 

Francis Outred, International Director and Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe ha commentato: “Tonight’s auctions made a combined total of £41.1 million, selling 91% by value. Nine world artist records were set overall, most notably for the two cover lots: the Pistoletto’s ‘Metrocubo d’infinito’ and the ‘Self-portrait’ by Kippenberger. We saw 43 different buyers for 45 works of art in the Post-War and Contemporary Art auction, reflecting the continuing attraction and depth of interest in Post-War & Contemporary Art, as well as Christie’s convening power. The first three lots of the evening auction were by exciting young artists completely fresh to the forum and they substantially outgrew their estimates as well as their retail prices, marking a real statement in this Frieze week.”


La vendita “The Italian Sale” ha totalizzato  £18,162,650 ($25,526,640 / €19,831,008) . Il top price un “Achrome”  di Piero Manzoni, venduto per  £2,617,250 ($3,680,000 / €2,858,900). Quattro lotti venduti per oltre 1 milione di sterline. Sei per oltre un milione di dollari. Cinque record d’artista realizzati, tra cui Fausto Melotti, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paola Pivi e Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Michelangelo Pistoletto (b. 1933)
Metrocubo d’infinito (Cubic Meter of Infinity)
mirror and rope
47¼ x 47¼ x 47¼in. (120 x 120 x 120cm.)
Executed in 1966, this work is one of five versions, each uniquely coloured
Price Realized £690,850 ($1,103,978)
Estimate £400,000 – £600,000

Mariolina Bassetti, Vice Chairman of Christie’s Italy, International Director in the Post-War & Contemporary Art Department and Head of the Sale, ha commentato: “This auction achieved the strongest selling rates and the 2nd highest total since we first held a sale dedicated to 20th Century Italian art at Christie’s London in 2000. These results illustrate the truly global appeal of this category with buyers from 10 different countries. We are particularly happy to have established five record prices for artists who are becoming increasingly admired on the international stage. Perhaps most pleasing was the price realised by Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Metrocubo d’Infinito which is not only a tribute to the artist, but also to the taste of its former owner, Graziella Buontempo, one of the greatest early ambassadors of modern Italian art.”

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