MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

The Modern and Contemporary Art spring auction closed with exceptional results: 6,564,500 euros of total turnover, 90% of lots sold, 213% increase in the value of sales and 8 world price records set for artists.

The department director, Freddy Battino's choice, to offer a catalogue showing a return to the classic and to beauty was a winning decision. The public of collectors, gallery owners and dealers from all over the world crowded the rooms at Palazzo Crivelli , and took an active part by bidding both by telephone and online. China, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Luxembourg, Hungary, Colombia, United States, Belgium, Canada, Austria, England, France, Germany are just some of the countries where participation was most felt.

Numerous significant awards, including: Superficie bianca - 2 - II by Enrico Castellani sold at 450,000 euros (lot 83), Serge Poliakoff with Composition Abstraite at 250,000 euros (lot 53), Ed Ruscha with Three Sheets with Raisin Stains at 212,500 euros (lot 72). Among the records set, the best awards were achieved by Il Trionfo della morte by Emilio Scanavino which was hammered down at 175,000 euros (lot 57), Abecedarium 17-8-90 by Irma Blank sold for 137,500 euros (lot 93) and Antonio Calderara with La piazzetta of Pella, Lake Orta at 62,500 euros (lot 9)

The public's interest for sculpture is confirmed by the sale of works such as Spirale 1971 by Fausto Melotti sold for 362,500 euros (lot 107) and Crocifisso, the elegant enamelled terracotta by Lucio Fontana (lot 89), awarded for 312,500 euros.

Other results worthy of note are works such as the Senza Muoversi a canvas by Antonio Sanfilippo which set a new record with an award at 65,000 euros (lot 47), Giulio Turcato's foam, Superficie lunare hammered down at 52,500 euros (lot 38), Gianfranco Baruchello sold for 80,000 euros and Christina's Packed Coast (One Million Square Feet) Project for Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia at 106,250 euros.

Thanks to the quality and exclusive provenance of the selected works, Il Ponte is reconfirmed as a reference point for the modern and contemporary art sector, maintaining its leadership in a market that once again proves to be in excellent condition.

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