A selection of important artworks signed by various international artists is the protagonist of the Genoese appointment dedicated to 19th and 20th century sculpture.
The large terracotta model of the Statue of Liberty signed by Fredric-Auguste Bertholdì – also known as Amilcar Hasenfratz (Colmar, 1834 – Paris, 1904), was a French sculptor and patriot – is the Absolute top lot of the auction. The sculpture is part of a rare nucleus of limited editions commissioned by the Union Franco Americaine to celebrate the delivery of the original, a gift from France to the people of the United States, which took place in 1886. The artwork was auctioned for 70,500 euros.
By the same author, the Monument to the aeronauts of the siege of Paris, a sculpture celebrating the monument inaugurated on the occasion of the Fête des Aéronautes du Siege on 28 January 1906 and destroyed during the Second World War. The model was presented in 1879, inaugurated in 1906 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, intended for recast in 1941. The sculpture was sold for 20,000 euros.
Among the top lots, also the refined bronze portrait datable to 1936 depicting Miss Christine Blair, daughter of the then American ambassador in Rome, in riding clothes. The work is signed by Albino Manca, an eclectic author with a feverish artistic vitality spent between Italy and the United States . The sculpture was sold for 4,850 euros.
Finally, the Bersagliere Motociclista by Mario Montemurro, dated to the first half of the 20th century and sold for 4,600 euros.
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