The large-scale egg-like work is from Fontana's La Fine di Dio, which translates to "the end of God," series made in 1963. The series features 38 large oval-shaped which he punctured with his hands, inspired by the Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, who, in 1961, was the first man in space.

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It will be sold at Sotheby's with an estimate of £15-20 million ($23-31 million.) Back in 2008, the other of Fontana's black eggs sold at Christie's for £9 million.

The pre-sale estimate for Fontana's piece follows the recent trend in high prices paid for Italian modern masters in the last year, including, as well as Fontana, Alighieri Boetti and Paolo Scheggi.

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Oliver Barker, the deputy chairman of Sotheby's Europe commented: "There is a huge new appetite for European post-war artists, particularly from the United States," says "People are beginning to appreciate that these abstract artists were as innovative and influential as the post-war Americans."

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