Lucio Fontana's black egg going under the gavel at Sotheby's Image via Artsy Lucio Fontana's black egg going under the gavel at Sotheby's
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The total for Christie's contemporary sale was £35.6 million, whilst Sotheby's sale totalled £36.4 million. The undoubted star of the week at Sotheby's was Lucio Fontana's black egg which was purchased for £15.9 million against a £15-20 million presale estimate. Sotheby's Italian art sale brought in £4 million more than the contemporary sale, proving the strength of Italian modern works. La Fine di Dio, 1963, set a record for Fontana and also for any post-war Italian artist.

Over at Christie's Modern Italian art sale £43.2 million was brought in, a record sales figure for an Italian sale, with a staggering 90% sell-through rate.

Italia dell'emigrante (Italy of the Emigrant) 1981 Image via Christie's Luciano Fabro, Italia dell'emigrante (Italy of the Emigrant) 1981
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A star of the sale was Luciano Fabro's copper sculpture entitled Italia dell'emigrante (Italy of the Emigrant) 1981, which was purchased by Amy Cappellazzo, formerly of Christie's, for a record £2.7 million against a £600 000-£800 000 estimate. Christie's contemporary sale total was also beaten by the Italian sale result, which totalled £7.6 million more than the former.

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