The total for Christie's contemporary sale was £35.6 million ($55 million), whilst Sotheby's sale totalled £36.4 million ($56 million.) The Italian star of the week at Sotheby's was Lucio Fontana's La Fine di Dio, 1963, which was purchased for £15.9 million ($24.6 million) against a £15-20 million ($23-31 million) estimate.

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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Sotheby's Italian art sale totalled £4 million ($6 million) more than the contemporary sale in the same week. As well as this, Fontana's piece set a record for the artist as well as for any post-war Italian artist.

Christie's Modern Italian art sale totalled £43.2 million ($66.8 million), a record sales number for an Italian sale, with an incredible 90% sell-through rate.

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.15.21 Luciano Fabro, Italia dell'emigrante (Italy of the Emigrant) 1981
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A highlight was Luciano Fabro's copper sculpture, Italia dell'emigrante (Italy of the Emigrant) 1981. The piece was purchased by Amy Cappellazzo, formerly of Christie's, for a record-making £2.7 million ($4 million) against a £600 000-£800 000 ($928 000-1.2 million) estimate. Christie's contemporary sale total was also smashed by the Italian sale result, which totalled £7.6 million ($11.7 million) more than the Contemporary sale.

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