Post-War and Contemporary Art


The Italian Sale


Mariolina Bassetti
Department Head
Modern and Contemporary Art, Christie's Italy


Mariolina Bassetti joined Christie's in 1987 and became Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department in Italy in 1995, and since its inception in 1999, is the Italian specialist in charge of the Italian Sale held annually in London. Under her direction, Christie's Italy Modern and Contemporary Art sales have grown from 1 million to 16 million in 2005. In 2005 the London Italian Sale reached a record total of $22,683,917, making Christie's market leaders.

Since May 2005, the department holds the record for the most expensive work of modern art sold in Italy; Arturo Martini's sculpture Donna che nuota sott'acqua, which achieved 2.2 million in Milan. The department has also achieved records for major Italian artists including Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, and Felice Casorati among others. Mariolina Bassetti received her degree in French Literature from the University of Rome.