Last year, Fontana was one of the most exciting artists in the sale room. In February, his work, The Concetto Spaciale, Attese, set a new record for the artist when it was sold at Sotheby's Contemporary Art evening sale for £8.4 million.

Sotheby's CEO of Scandinavia, Peder Isacson, in front of The Concetto Spaciale, Attese, which sold at Sotheby's for £8.4 million Image via Sotheby's Sotheby's CEO of Scandinavia, Peder Isacson, in front of The Concetto Spaciale, Attese
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blog.php-249 Lucio Fontana's black egg going under the gavel at Sotheby's
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This record was then smashed in October of the same year, when La Fine di Dio, 1963, sold at Sotheby's Italian art sale for £15.9 million.

Lucio Fontana Image via thefreak.it Lucio Fontana
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Fontana's slashed canvases and punctured eggs are instantly recognisable. In 1946, he wrote his Manifesto Blanco in which he discussed the act of   slashing the canvas which he saw as liberating the artist from the confines of the canvas. This artistic practice helped to co-found Spatialism.

Check out just a few times Fontana has hit the sale room. Click on the lot for more information.

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio signed 'L. Fontana' (lower right); signed and titled '"La fine di Dio" L. Fontana' (on the reverse) Sold for £20 600 000 at Christie's in 2015 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale, La fine di Dio
signed 'L. Fontana' (lower right); signed and titled '"La fine di Dio" L. Fontana' (on the reverse)
Sold for £20 600 000 at Christie's in 2015

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale Signed Oil on canvas Sold at Sotheby's in 2015 for £6 360 000 Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale
Signed
Oil on canvas
Sold at Sotheby's in 2015 for £6 360 000

Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana Rare coffee table, 1952 Reverse hand-painted glass, walnut. Sold at Phillips in 2012 Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana
Rare coffee table, 1952
Reverse hand-painted glass, walnut
Sold at Phillips in 2012 for £37 250

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto spaziale (en deux parties). Sculptures en bronze doré, signées, numérotées 244/500 Sold at Tajan in 2003 for £35 500 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale (en deux parties).
Sculptures en bronze doré, signées, numérotées 244/500
Sold at Tajan in 2003 for £35 500

Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese Signed, titled and inscribed è entrata la Lella/1+1 30/30 (o 30/38) on the reverse Waterpaint on canvas Sold at Sotheby's for £4 405 000 in 2015 Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese
Signed, titled and inscribed è entrata la Lella/1+1 30/30 (o 30/38) on the reverse
Waterpaint on canvas
Sold at Sotheby's for £4 405 000 in 2015

Lucio Fontana (1899-1968) Concetto spaziale, Attese (il sole) signed, titled, inscribed and dated '1959 l. Fontana, "Concetto spaziale" "il sole"' (on the reverse) Sold at Christie's in 2015 for £2 378 500 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale, Attese (il sole)
signed, titled, inscribed and dated '1959 l. Fontana, "Concetto spaziale" "il sole"' (on the reverse)
Sold at Christie's in 2015 for £2 378 500

Lucio Fontana Untitled (Palline) Italy, c. 1966 Sold at Wright for £3 000 in 2007 Lucio Fontana
Untitled (Palline)
Italy, c. 1966
Sold at Wright for £3 000 in 2007

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