Sotheby’s sale of the Collection of Giovanni & Gabriella Barilla exceeds expectations to realise $7,173,834

LONDON.- This afternoon the Single Owner sale of property from The Collection of Giovanni & Gabriella Barilla: Important Porcelain, Venetian Fine and Decorative Arts from their Residence in Geneva realised £4,575,733 / $7,173,834 / €5,503,686 well above the pre-sale estimate of £2.5 – 3.8 million. The auction was 89 % sold by lot and 96 % sold by value. The top lot was A Capriccio of Classical Roman Ruins by Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, which sold for £349,250 – almost twice its pre-sale high estimate of £120,000-180,000. Descendants of the founder of the most important pasta producer in the world, Giovanni Barilla and in particular, his wife Gabriella, created one of the greatest collections of ceramics and porcelain in Europe. In an auction which attracted buyers from across the globe, tense bidding between collectors resulted in some spectacular prices for the Barillas’ exceptional early Meissen figures. A figure of Harlequin Alarmed, modelled

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