With a total turnover of € 5,2 million, the Modern and Contemporary Art sale at Il Ponte makes prices and works fly all over the world.
Astonishing and thrilling results for the winter sale of Modern and Contemporary Art just held at Palazzo Crivelli, with over 1,000 bidders connected from all around the globe and 95% of sold lots. Indeed, more than 50 countries involved in addition to European nations, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Canada, Brazil, China, Israel and South Korea, just to name a few, with 70% of new users and 240% increase on the sales value.
What we attended was a truly stunning auction and, despite the period, it has exceeded all expectations by far.
(Freddy Battino, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department)
The atmosphere full of adrenaline and desire to win one of the highly selected lots has raised the red paddles of phone and online participants: all involved within an intense and lively fight of raises.
Among the most significant awards: Enrico Castellani ranks first with Superficie bianca n. 1 from 1967 (€ 387.500), followed by Karel Appel with Angoisse from 1960 (€ 287.500), a work that, together with Sam Francis' Untitled (Yellow splashes) from 1956 (€ 212.500) and Untitled by Cy Twombly from 1960 (€ 137.500), seals the international scope of the artworks from the catalogue.
A rich list that proceeds with the beautiful Passaggio pedonale from 1957 by Renato Guttuso (€ 225.000), the work Aerei by Alighiero Boetti from 1983 (€ 212.500) and important names from the Italian 20th century including Natura morta con orcio from 1927 by Carlo Carrà (€ 60.000), Giacomo Balla with Forze pessimiste e ottimiste from 1922 (€ 93.750) and Figure from 1959 by Massimo Campigli (€ 92.500).
"The art records. Over 1.000 bidders from 50 countries for the sale of modern and contemporary artworks by Il Ponte. The year of the Milanese auction house, with a record of 95% of lots sold, besides in Europe, in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Canada, Brazil, China, Israel and South Korea, with 70% new users and 240% increase on sold value."
IlSole24Ore | Giulia Crivelli | 20 December 2020
"The Covid-19 does not slacken the auction of Il Ponte which totaled 5.2 million euros."What we saw was a truly astonishing sale and, considering the period, it far exceeded all expectations." With these words Freddy Battino, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of the Il Ponte Auction House, commented on the extraordinary result recorded by the winter salea of Modern and Contemporary Art."
Collezione da Tiffany | Nicola Maggi | 17 December 2020
"Il Ponte's auction in Milan (December 2020) presents a magnificent catalog. History, quality and uniqueness live in the works ranging from Max Bill to Twombly, from Picasso to Giacomo Balla, from Sam Francis to Hans Hartung and Gèrard Schneider."
il Giornale.it | Carlo Franza | 13 December 2020
"An unmatched milestone within the Italian and international art market: Il Ponte Auction House is at the top among the ranks of the auction houses, thanks to its unbeatable reliability."
Il Giornale | 30 April 2020
"[...] Il Ponte, the company that dictates with the greatest determination the guideline of modern and contemporary art, placing itself in Italy as the most formidable competitor of Christie's and Sotheby's. From this department it gained 15.4 million euros, 30% more than last year, almost half of its turnover amounting to 32.3 million euros, (+ 5%) [...].”
Milano Finanza online | 11 January 2020