The first edition of Sotheby’s “Contemporary Curated” in Milan, in collaboration with Italian designer and jeweler Delfina Delettrez Fendi, is now open for online auction and will last until December 17.
Fendi, 33, a fourth-generation heir to the Fendi fashion empire that launched her own jewelry brand “Delfina Delettrez” in 2007, has selected 15 works of art for sale. Her favorite piece is Telefono collar by Cesare Tacchi (1940-2014), Italian sculptor and painter. Created in 1966, this ink-printed fabric has a starting bid of € 30,000 (US $ 36,431).
“My heart was to choose Cesare Tacchi’s work because I love its shape and soft material, and I have an artist’s piece at home,” Fendi said in a statement via Sotheby’s.
Other works she has chosen include those by Joan Miró, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Morandi, Fausto Melotti, Wolfgang Laib, Fortunato Depero, Luigi Ontani and Mario Schifano.
“When I think of the work featured here, I imagine lying at home engulfed in a phone conversation with a loved one,” Fendi said via Sotheby’s. “Art can offer an escape from reality and I hope these pieces open the door for everyone, just as they have encouraged me to really investigate and deepen this process.”
by Schifano (1934-1998) Al Maré, with a presale estimate of between € 40,000 and € 60,000, is the most valuable piece included in this sale.
“I always smile when I see a work by Mario Schifano because it will forever remind me of my childhood,” she told Sotheby’s. “When we were little my brother had a beautifully painted dinosaur in his room and growing up I believed it had been masterfully painted by my older brother, until I later found out that it was actually by the genius that is Schifano! ”
In total, this sale will feature 141 works, at prices as low as € 4,000. Certain items are exhibited, by appointment only, in Sotheby’s Milan galleries.
Focusing on affordable works by leading and emerging contemporary artists, “Contemporary Curated” was first launched by Sotheby’s in New York in 2014. In 2016, the auction house hosted the event in London. Previous collaborating curators include Erdem Moralıoğlu, Margherita Missoni, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Jones, and most recently Virgil Abloh and Fai Khadra.