Giorgio Morandi (1890 - 1964), Natura Mortafirmato sul retro, olio su tela, cm 34x45. Eseguito nel 1948. Estimate 600,000 — 800,000 EUR. Lot sold 747,000  EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

MILAN.- The Part I of the Milanese Modern and Contemporary Art Sale held in the new spot of Palazzo Serbelloni has confirmed the interest and the massive presence of public during the exhibition days. 

The 1948 Natura Morta by Giorgio Morandi, the Italian artist celebrated at CIMA in New York, part of the Milanese Marmont Collection, has reached the price of €747.000. 

A private European collector enriched his collection with the hypnotic yellow five Tagli Concetto Spaziale executed by Lucio Fontana in 1968 and dedicated to Milan, purchasing the work for €1.383.000. 



Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968), Concept Space, Expectations. signed, titled and registered I was in Milan to see Sergio Tosi  on the back, waterpaint on cavas. E xecuted in 1968. Estimate 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 EUR. Lot sold 1,383,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

A tribute to Burri has been offered with this sale in Milan: the four works included in the Part I from a presale total estimate of €1.350.000 have been sold at €2.172.000.  

The sale offered an accurate selection of works dated from 1952 to 1980: a very rare Ferro created in 1959 (sold at €699.000), a turning point masterpiece Bianco 1952 (sold for €435.000) and a well-known combustion Bianco Plastica 1968 (sold €735.000). 



Alberto Burri (1915 - 1995), Ferro, signed, dedicated, inscribed and dated 1959 on the back, iron on wood, 52x44 cm. Estimate 500,000 - 700,000 EUR. Lot sold 699,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.


Alberto Burri (1915 - 1995), Bianco Plastica, signed and dated 68 on the back, plastic, acrylic, PVA glue, burning on masonite, cm 51x76x3. Estimate 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 EUR. Lot sold 1,383,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

Of course the most informed collectors were already aware of the importance of these ouvres, similar to the ones published amongst the pages of the fundamental catalogue Trauma of Painting, Guggenheim New York, devoted to Alberto Burri. 

As recently happened in the New York sales, Sotheby's registered very positive results for all the sculptures and the ceramics in the Milan auction, which they synthetized with the brilliant price fetched by Melotti’s Senza aggettivi sold at €447.000.  


Fausto Melotti (1901 - 1986), Senza aggettivi, without adjectives, brass, cm 86x23x20,5. Executed in 1972. Estimate 180,000 - 250,000 EUR. Lot sold 447,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

Castellani, Bonalumi and Scheggi, the hottest names of the post war Italian panorama, realized high figures as well. 

Sotheby's also announced the exhibition Vincenzo Agnetti- La Macchina Drogata which will be held at Palazzo Serbelloni in February 2016 in collaboration with Archivio Agnetti and curated by Bruno Corà. 

The Conceptual artist Agnetti and his 1968 Feltro La tua immagine quando ti sostituivi doubled the estimate and fetched €189.000. 


Vincenzo Agnetti (1926 - 1981), La tua immagine quando ti sostituivi, firmato sul retro, anilina, feltro inciso a fuoco applicato su tavola, cm 120x80. Eseguito nel 1971. Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 EUR. Lot sold 189,000 EUR. Photo: Sotheby's.

For every Milan sale – comments Raphaelle Blanga Head of Modern & Contemporary Art Dept. of Sotheby’s Italia - we try to give to the collectors few suggestions - hopefully precious – and in this specific occasion we highlighted the artists from the Sixties Roman Pop Art. With pleasure, we registered two world records, for Tano Festa with 1965 Al livello del mare, sold at €177.000 (his oeuvre will be shown in Spring 2016 at the Venice Guggenheim Museum in the exhibition Imagine 1958-1968) and Cesare Tacchi with his 1966 masterpiece “Il letto pensando ad un prato..!” (sold at €183.000) shown in the significant La Vitalità del Negativo nell’Arte Italiana 1960-70, held at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1970. Two further records for Franco Grignani (Incastro tra struttura e colore n 29, 1965 sold at €52.500) and Giosetta Fioroni (Bambino, 1968 sold at €52.500).


Tano Festa (1938 - 1988), Seal level, study number 2, signed, titled and dated August 1965 on the back, enamel on canvas, 195x130 cm. Executed in 1965. Estimate 50,000 - 70,000 EUR. Lot sold 177,000 EUR, world record for the artist. Photo: Sotheby's.


Cesare Tacchi (N. 1940), Il letto pensando ad un prato..!, firmato e datato 66; firmato, intitolato e datato 1966 sul retro, inchiostri su tessuto imbottito e chiodi su tavola, cm 250x150 (in 3 parti). Estimate 80,000 — 100,000 EUR. Lot sold 183,000 EUR, world record for the artist. Photo: Sotheby's.


Franco Grignani (1908 - 1999), Incastro tra struttura e colore n 29, firmato e datato 65 sul retro, iscritto sul telaio, olio su tela, cm 96x134,5. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 EUR. Lot sold 52,500 EUR, world record for the artist. Photo: Sotheby's.


Giosetta Fioroni (N. 1932), Bambino, firmato, intitolato e datato 68 sul retro, olio e vernice argento su tela, cm 80x180. Eseguito nel 1968. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 EUR. Lot sold 52,500 EUR, world record for the artist. Photo: Sotheby's.