Modern and Contemporary Sale’s results, 26 November 2018 - 57% lots sold

Art-Rite has selected each work to satisfy high-quality standards while aiming at diversifying its offer. The most important figures include Pablo Picasso (lot no. 48), Francis Bacon (lot no. 49), Giorgio Morandi (lot no. 47), and Piero Manzoni (lot no. 68). They make a variegated pool of artists, who share an extraordinary critical acclaim and whose presence certainly catalysed the auction’s success. In this article we will focus on some of the best-performing works from the sale.

John Baldessari’s Throwing three balls in the air to get a straight line (best of thirty-six attempts) (lot no. 31) belongs clearly to the top lots of the past auction. Sold at a hammer price of € 10,500 (€ 12,975 buyer’s premium included), it has tripled the average estimate. It is a collection of twelve prints, produced as part of a series of two-hundred impressions of great quality and visual impact. Baldessari, who was born in 1931, was involved in the first period of the American Conceptual Art movement and currently enjoys a solid fame thanks to his iconic use of photographic imagery, which includes elements of re-appropriation and performance.

The second object is Giorgio Morandi’s Still-life (lot no. 47). It is a small drawing on paper, which successfully raised to a final value of more than three times its average estimate, hammered at € 18,000, (€ 22,200 buyer’s premium included). The work embodies the fundamental elements of the most iconic paintings by Morandi. The success of this lot is emphasised by the iconic status of Morandi’s still-life works, which are closely followed by the drawing. Furthermore, it ought to be noticed that the piece will be included in the catalogue raisonné of the artist, authored by Marilena Pasquali, which will soon be published.