Milan, Amsterdam & Online | November 2021



Presenting international auctions dedicated to modern and contemporary masterworks, the 20th/21st Century Milan Evening Sale and the 20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale offered works, photographs, prints and multiples by the likes of Enrico Castellani, Alighiero Boetti, David LaChapelle, David Bowie and Salvo. Realising a combined total of €8,809,500 with a sell-through rate of 86% by lot and 97% by value, the leading highlights were Giorgio Morandi's Natura Morta, which sold at €1,820,000 and Yves Klein's La Terre Bleue, which sold above estimate at €50,000.

The 20th/21st season continues in Amsterdam with two online sales. A Thousand Roads: A Private Collection in Rome offers works from an exceptional and vastly international collection, open for bidding 9–23 November. The sale features renowned artists such as Georges Vantongerloo, Alexander Calder, Arnaldo Pomodoro.

The cross-category season concludes with 20th/21st Century: Amsterdam, showcasing leading international 20th and 21st centuries artists such as Martin Kippenberger, Sam Francis, Arnulf Rainer, Daniel Richter and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. With works offered from an Important European Private Collection notorious for its pioneering embrace of European and American avant-garde from the 1960s onwards, the sale proudly features works from Georg Baselitz, Niele Toroni, Günther Förg, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. Christie’s Amsterdam is also delighted to offer 29 works from the collection of the late Ernst Kaars Sijpesteijn. Bearing witness to the collector’s exceptional eye, highlights from the collection include works by Yayoi Kusama, Alex Katz, Georges Rouault, Jean-Paul Riopelle, and Rob van Koningsbruggen.



Highlights

  • Sam Francis (1923-1994)

    Untitled (SPF87-84)

    acrylic on canvas
    122 x 92cm.
    Painted in 1987
    Estimate
    €80,000-120,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 11–25 November

  • Gastone Novelli (1925-1968)

    Carol

    signed and dated ‘Novelli 61’ (lower right); titled, signed and dated ‘CAROL Novelli 61’ (on the reverse)
    mixed media on canvas
    50 x 50 cm.
    Executed in 1961
    Estimate
    € 20,000-30,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale, Milan, 8–18 November 2021

  • Getulio Alviani (1939-2018)

    Superficie a testura vibratile (cubo virtuale)

    aluminium on board
    84 x 84cm.
    Executed in 1965
    Estimate
    € 40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 11–25 November 2021

  • Otto Piene (1928-2014)

    Graus

    oil, soot and gouache on canvas
    100 x 80cm.
    Executed in 1973
    Estimate
    € 30,000-50,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 11–25 November 2021

  • Daniel Richter (b. 1962)

    Untitled

    oil on canvas
    30 x 30cm.
    Painted in 2000
    Estimate
    € 25,000-35,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 11–25 November 2021

  • Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale

    signed and dated ‘l. fontana 57’ (lower right); titled, signed and dated ‘Concetto spaziale l. fontana 57’ (on the reverse)
    oil and glitter on canvas
    115 x 89 cm.
    Executed in 1957
    Price realised
    € 1,580,000

    Estimate: € 1,000,000 – 1,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Evening Sale, Milan, 16 November 2021

    PROPERTY FROM A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • Franco Angeli (1935-1988)

    Dolore acuto
    Price realised
    € 43,750

    Estimate: € 40,000 - 60,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Evening Sale, Milan, 16 November 2021

  • Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994)

    Aerei

    inscribed, signed and dated ‘Guidofuga alighiero e boetti 1977’ (on the reverse of the second element); signed and inscribed ‘alighiero e boetti a nino, con molto affetto 1979’ (on the reverse of the backing cardboard)
    mixed media on paper, in three elements
    37.5 x 27 cm. (each)
    37.5 x 81 cm. (overall)
    Executed in 1977
    Price realised
    € 350,000

    Estimate: € 200,000-300,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Evening Sale, Milan, 16 November 2021

  • Michelangelo Pistoletto (N. 1933)

    Senza titolo

    inscribed, signed and dated ‘Monoquadro fuoriserie n. 98 Michelangelo Pistoletto 1976 millenovecentosettantasei di questo
    soggetto altre due varianti’ (on the reverse)
    silkscreen on stainless steel
    120 x 100 cm.
    Executed in 1976
    Price realised
    € 350,000

    Estimate: € 300,000-400,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Evening Sale, Milan, 16 November 2021

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NAPLES

  • Yves Klein (1928-1962)

    La terre bleue

    incised with a star (on the base); numbered ‘77/300’ (on a label underneath the base)
    IKB pigment and resin on plaster
    36 x 22 x 22 cm.
    Realised in 1953-1988; this work is number 77 from an edition of 300 + 50 off the market proofs. Published in 1988 by Galerie Bonnier, Geneva
    Price Realised
    € 50,000

    Estimate: € 25,000-35,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale, Milan, 8–18 November 2021

  • Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994)

    Classifying the Thousand Longest Rivers in the World

    numbered and signed twice ‘65 alighiero e boetti Alighiero e Boetti’ (on the second page)
    book of 1016 printed pages with embroidered cover
    21.5 x 16 x 5.5 cm.
    Realised in 1977; this work is number 65 from an edition of 150 copies with embroidered cover + 300 copies with cardboard cover in red canvas + 50 copies with Roman numbers + some copies not numbered with embroidered cover + some copies signed H.C.
    Price Realised
    € 30,000

    Estimate: € 20,000-30,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale, Milan, 8–18 November 2021

  • Salvo (1947-2015)

    Mangiarsi

    signed, dated and numbered ‘Salvo 71/72 19/20’ (on the reverse)
    engraved marble
    Realised in 1971-72; this work is number 19 from an edition of 20
    Price Realised
    € 13,750

    Estimate: € 6,000-8,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century Milan Online Sale, Milan, 8–18 November 2021

  • Georges Vantongerloo (1886-1965)

    Fonction des courbes (Function of curves)

    oil on masonite
    62 x 52.5cm.
    Executed in 1939
    Price Realised
    € 375,000

    Estimate: € 300,000-400,000
    Related sale
    A Thousand Roads: A Private Collection in Rome, Amsterdam, 9–23 November 2021

  • Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

    Untitled

    standing mobile: sheet metal, brass, wire and paint
    26 x 32 x 8.5cm.
    Executed in 1973
    Price Realised
    € 437,500

    Estimate: € 200,000-300,000
    Related sale
    A Thousand Roads: A Private Collection in Rome, Amsterdam, 9–23 November 2021

  • Floris Jespers (1889-1965)

    The Jewish Girl

    oil on canvas
    105 x 71cm.
    Painted in 1924
    Price Realised
    € 275,000

    Estimate: € 40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    A Thousand Roads: A Private Collection in Rome, Amsterdam, 9–23 November 2021


Exhibition Information

Milan

  • Viewing

    12 November, 10am–9pm
    13 November, 10am–7pm
    14 November, 10am–7pm
    15 November, 10am–7pm

  • Venue

    Palazzo Clerici
    Via Clerici 5, Milano

  • Contact

    rsvpmilan@christies.com
    Green Pass richiesto all’ingresso

Amsterdam



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Milan

Amsterdam

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