Masterworks by Fontana and De Chirico Lead Sotheby’s Auction

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LONDON.- On Friday, October 15, 2010 Sotheby’s annual 20th Century Italian Art Sale will showcase the work of many of Italy’s foremost Modern, Post-War and Contemporary artists, including Marino Marini, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Alberto Burri. Sotheby’s, the only auction house to have staged a dedicated sale in this category each year since pioneering auctions in this collecting field in 1999, has achieved sell-through rates by lot of 88.5% and 90.9% respectively for its 2008 and 2009 auctions in this category, and the forthcoming auction is estimated to realise in excess of £12million, more than double the pre-sale estimate of last year’s 20th Century Italian Art Sale. The highlight of the forthcoming sale is without doubt Concetto Spaziale, Attese, a splendid and rare example of Lucio Fontana’s (1899-1968) widely celebrated Tagli series. Monumental in scale (125 by 165cm) an