In 2018 Christie’s Italy celebrates its 60th anniversary, since the auction house opened its first ever representative office outside the UK in Rome in 1968. After 5 years of very successful Milan Modern and Contemporary auctions with average sell-through rates of 93% by lot, Christie’s will offer the 6th edition of this curated sale on 11 April at Palazzo Clerici with preview exhibitions starting from 23 March in Rome, Turin and Milan.
Reflecting a growing global appetite for the best of Italian post-war and contemporary art, Christie’s Milan auctions have seen an increase of international participation over the years with registrants coming from 17 countries, including from Europe, Middle East, UK, Asia, North and South America.
“The April 2018 auction will offer a very tailor-made approach to satisfy the needs of our national and growing international collector group. All 57 lots are being sourced privately and many have never or not appeared at auction for decades. This year we have integrated a new section dedicated to the figurative artists, which is been celebrated with the current exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943 at the Fondazione Prada until 28 June. We are again pleased to present such a great variety of 20th century Italian art movements in Milan, as this city continues to be a key location to buy the very best of Italian Art,” commented Renato Pennisi, Director and Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, Christie’s Italy.
“To mark the 60th anniversary of Christie’s Italy, we are pleased to present an attentively curated auction, offering a complete overview of Italy’s most sought-after artistic developments of the 20th century. Christie’s role in promoting Italian art on the international scene has been rewarded by exceptional sale results registered not only in Milan but across all our locations, with London and New York in first place. The highlight of the auction on 11 April in Milan is without doubt the fine art collection initiated in the 1960s by Sergio Tomasinelli, enlightened connoisseur and prime example of Italian collecting,” continued Mariolina Bassetti, Chairwoman Christie’s Italy.