To create his monumental work,”Anno 1984,” the late Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti sent his assistants out to newsstands in Rome. Each month they collected popular magazines, the covers of which he’d reproduce in pencil. When he finished his unique record of the year, he had a total of 216 panels—18 for each month—each a window into passing time, as well as a record of it. At Bonhams Contemporary art sale next week in London, it’s expected to sell for $1.9m-$2.8m.
Another featured lot at the October 13th auction is Glenn Brown’s “Little Death,” an homage to Frank Auerbach’s portrait of Juliet Yardley Mills. Created in 2000, it’s estimated at $1.1m-$1.4m. Also highly valued is Martial Rayssse’s 1963 “Untitled,” a pop art portrait with a fuzzy ball extruding from the canvas (est. $545,000-$622,000).
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