Master­pieces of art at auc­tion

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From Novem­ber to the end of the year, there are in­nu­mer­able in­ter­est­ing lots at the auc­tion houses that are per­fect for in­vest­ment in a safe sec­tor: works of art by time­less great artists. Christie’s New York, in Novem­ber auc­tioned var­i­ous master­pieces of post-war and con­tem­po­rary art: Fran­cis Ba­con “Three Stud­ies of Lu­cian Freud”, oil on can­vas, painted in 1969; Andy Warhol “Coca-Cola [3]” painted in 1962, price re­al­ized $57,285,000; Jeff Koons “Bal­loon Dog (Orange)”, chrome-plated stain­less steel with trans­par­ent coloured coat­ing from 1994-2000, price re­al­ized $58,405,000; Cindy Sher­man “Un­ti­tled #48”, cut-out gela­tine sil­ver prints from 1979, price re­al­ized $1,565,000; and Os­car Murillo “Un­ti­tled (Fri­joles)”, painted in 2012 and price re­al­ized $245,000. Farset­tiarte also put some im­por­tant mod­ern art works up for auc­tion at the end of Novem­ber, such as “Le Fan­tôme de l’Opéra” by Al­berto Savinio dated 1929, oil on can­vas, es­ti­mated €550,000/700,000, as well as “Regis­trazione ’83-4” by Emilio Ve­dova from 1983, paint on can­vas, es­ti­mated €100,000/160,000, and “Labir­into n. 11 (In­te­grazione ar­gento)” by Carla Ac­cardi from 1957, ca­sein on can­vas, es­ti­mated price €70,000/95,000. In Novem­ber, Pananti Casa d’Aste Auc­tion House held two auc­tions with works of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est: “Buio al tra­monto” (Dark­ness at Sun­set) by Gio­vanni Fattori, mixed tech­nique on can­vas (sold for €24.000,00); “Ri­tratto di Mau­r­izio Klum” (Por­trait of Mau­r­izio Klum), 1922, by Ot­tone Ro­sai, oil on can­vas mounted on board (es­ti­mated €60,000/80,000); the sculp­ture “Il pit­tore” (The Painter) by Ar­turo Mar­tini dated 1938, ter­ra­cotta (es­ti­mated €35,000/45,000) and the paint­ing "Of Amer­ica", 1966, by Franco An­geli, sold for €14.000,00. While Porro & C. Art Con­sult­ing, at the end of Novem­ber, auc­tioned the paint­ing “Sacra Famiglia” (Sa­cred Fam­ily) by the Ital­ian painter Bar­tolomeo Cavarozzi, oil on can­vas, and “Cavallo e Ze­bra sulla spi­ag­gia” (Horse and Ze­bra on the Beach) by Gior­gio De Chirico, oil on can­vas from circa 1935. Dorotheum, the largest auc­tion house in cen­tral Europe, dur­ing its week of auc­tions in Novem­ber showed an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent trends in mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary art, be­gin­ning with Lu­cio Fon­tana with “Con­cetto spaziale, Attesa” (Spatial Con­cept, Wait­ing), bright yel­low colour, dated 1968 and with an es­ti­mated price of €400,000-600,000; Alighiero Boetti, an ex­po­nent of Arte Povera, who uses in­dus­trial colours, in­stead, in his work “Rosso Co­rallo 102“(Coral Red 102), from 1967 (€250,000-350,000); and from 1963, the dip­tych “In­ci­dente“by Mario Schi­fano, a car ac­ci­dent re­con­structed with pop colours (€100,000-150,000). The con­tem­po­rary art sec­tion pro­posed works by Franz West, Herbert Brandl, Adolf Luther, Thomas Schütte, En­rico Castel­lani (“Su­per­fi­cie Bianca” (White Sur­face), 2005, acrylic on shaped can­vas, €70,000-100,000) and Willem de Koon­ing. In its mod­ern art sec­tion, Dorotheum of­fered mod­ern Ital­ian works rep­re­sented by Gior­gio De Chirico (“Pi­azza d’Italia“, €200,000-300,000), as well as works of the First and Sec­ond Fu­tur­ism. Among the cu­ri­ous works seen was “Li­nee di forza del pugno di Boc­cioni II“(€50,000-70,000) by Gi­a­como Balla, a sec­ond, more slen­der ver­sion of his first sculp­ture, made of curved and enamelled bronze. The “Force Lines of Boc­cioni’s Fist II” of­fered by Dorotheum is one of nine repli­cas of the edi­tion ex­hib­ited at the Venice Bi­en­nale in 1968. There were also works by Otto Dix, Gus­tav Klimt (“Por­trait of a girl in pro­file”, 1890 circa, pen­cil, height­ened with white, € 26,000-36,000), Egon Schiele (“Fe­male nude (back)”, 1917, black chalk on pa­per, €70,000-90,000), Vic­tor Brauner and Max Op­pen­heimer. On 2 De­cem­ber, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sotheby’s Paris, Artcu­rial pre­sented his­toric works from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of Dina Vierny, in­clud­ing a sculp­ture by Aris­tide Mail­lol, “La Rivière” (1938-1943) in lead, es­ti­mated €2,000,000-3,000,000, and the work by Gus­tave Caille­botte, “Le Pont de l’Europe” from 1876, oil on can­vas, es­ti­mated €3.000.0004.000.000, one of the ver­sions of the fa­mous com­po­si­tion “Le Pont de l'Europe”

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