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 ($12.16 million.)

blog.php-248 Sotheby's CEO of Scandinavia, Peder Isacson, in front of The Concetto Spaciale, Attese
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Lucio Fontana's black egg going under the gavel at Sotheby's Image via Artsy 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 ($23 million.)

lucio-fontana-sculpture 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.

fontana-lead 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 $29 173 000 at Christie's in 2015

d5101441x 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 $3 700 000

104863966 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 $6 850 000 in 2015

ef89b217c0ef8c64d659a8f272d96b35 Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana
Rare coffee table, 1952
Reverse hand-painted glass, walnut
Sold at Phillips in 2012 for $57 900

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.54.12 Lucio Fontana
Untitled (Palline)
Italy, c. 1966
Sold at Wright for $4 200 in 2007

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.47.41 Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)
Concetto spaziale (en deux parties).
Sculptures en bronze doré, signées, numérotées 244/500
Sold at Tajan in 2003 for $51 600

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.42.52 Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale
Oil on canvas
Sold at Sotheby's in 2015 for $8 986 000

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