A ceramic plate in the Concetto Spaziale series by Lucio Fontana fetched an extraordinary $233,000 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction, New York, 12 November, 2014, a record. When I had Garth Clark Gallery in New York we held the first exhibition (2002) in the US of just of Fontana’s ceramics. We sold an almost identical plate for $30,000. The Crucifixes were $15,000 (now reaching $193,477). And so the collectors who bought from us and on our future Fontana shows did very well. And those who chose not to did very poorly. At present Fontana’s ceramics are in ascendency. You will notice that his figurative plates do less well than his abstract works with buchi (holes) or tagli (cuts). Below are the most recent auction results and along with a note that CFile does not take responsibility for any errors in reported prices and or currency conversions.
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Above image: Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale. At Contemporary Art Day Auction, 12 November, 2014. Estimate: $50,000 to $70,000. Result: $233,000.
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