Sotheby’s London to sell an exceptional private collection of 20th century Italian art

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LONDON.- Sotheby’s announces that it will offer for sale an exceptional private collection of Italian Art that spans the whole of the 20th century. The collection, Italian Identity, which will be offered in Sotheby’s annual 20th Century Italian Art Sale on Thursday, October 13, 2011, represents all of the major developments in Italian Avant-garde art and is highlighted by the most comprehensive group of ‘Arte Povera’ ever to come to the open market. The collection, which includes pieces by Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, Alighiero Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto, is estimated to realise in excess of £7 million. Prior to the pre-sale view in London, the collection will also be on view in Italy both in Turin and in Milan**. Commenting on the sale of ‘Italian Identity’, Claudia Dwek, Chairman of Sotheby’s Italy, said: “The collecting category o