Piero Manzoni

Italian, 1933–1963

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Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni, an enfant terrible of Italian art in the 1950s and early 1960s, is best known for Artist's Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961), 90 sealed cans priced by their weight in gold, one of many works that question the …

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£12.6m, Sotheby's, 2014
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Linea m 3,10 (frammento), 1959
Sold on Jul 6, 2021
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ink on paper
307.0 x 18.0 cm
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Jul 6, 2021
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signed and dated '59 on the reverse ink on paper (firmato e datato '59 sul retro inchiostro su carta) cm 18x307; inches 7.08 by 120.86 Framed: cm 27,5x317x3,5; inches 10.82 by 124.80 by 1.37 To view Shipping Calculator, please click here
Linea m 3,10 (frammento), 1959
ink on paper
Jul 6, 2021
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307.0 x 18.0 cm
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Jul 6, 2021
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signed and dated '59 on the reverse ink on paper (firmato e datato '59 sul retro inchiostro su carta) cm 18x307; inches 7.08 by 120.86 Framed: cm 27,5x317x3,5; inches 10.82 by 124.80 by 1.37 To view Shipping Calculator, please click here
Achrome, 1959
Sold on Jun 30, 2021
£2,662,500
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kaolin on canvas
68.58 x 49.85 cm
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£2,662,500
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Jun 30, 2021
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) signed and dated ‘PIERO MANZONI ‘59’ (on the stretcher) kaolin on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 ½in. (50 x 70cm.) Executed in 1959
Achrome, 1959
kaolin on canvas
Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
£2,662,500
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68.58 x 49.85 cm
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Jun 30, 2021
Christie's
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£2,662,500
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) signed and dated ‘PIERO MANZONI ‘59’ (on the stretcher) kaolin on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 ½in. (50 x 70cm.) Executed in 1959
Linea m 2,88, 1959
Sold on May 20, 2021
€40,320
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Sculpture
ink on paper and cardboard tube
6.0 x 23.5 cm
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€40,320
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May 20, 2021
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titled and dated 11/59 ink on paper and cardboard tube This work is registered in the Fondazione , Milan, under the n. 1403/21. The Fondazione informs that the upper part of the seal has been replaced by a non-original label which they recommend having removed under their supervision by a professional restorer.   ‡ This item has been imported under a temporary customs license (intitolato e datato 11/59 inchiostro su carta e tubo di cartone Opera registrata presso la Fondazione , Milano, con il n. 1403/21. La Fondazione segnala che la parte superiore del sigillo è stato sostituito da un'etichetta non originale che consiglia di far rimuovere sotto la loro supervisione da un restauratore professionale. ‡ Il lotto è in temporanea importazione doganale) cm 23,5x6; inches 9.25 by 2.36 Framed: cm 24,2x6,6x6,6; inches 9.52 by 2.59 by 2.59 To view Shipping Calculator, please click here
Linea m 2,88, 1959
ink on paper and cardboard tube
May 20, 2021
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€40,320
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6.0 x 23.5 cm
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May 20, 2021
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€40,320
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titled and dated 11/59 ink on paper and cardboard tube This work is registered in the Fondazione , Milan, under the n. 1403/21. The Fondazione informs that the upper part of the seal has been replaced by a non-original label which they recommend having removed under their supervision by a professional restorer.   ‡ This item has been imported under a temporary customs license (intitolato e datato 11/59 inchiostro su carta e tubo di cartone Opera registrata presso la Fondazione , Milano, con il n. 1403/21. La Fondazione segnala che la parte superiore del sigillo è stato sostituito da un'etichetta non originale che consiglia di far rimuovere sotto la loro supervisione da un restauratore professionale. ‡ Il lotto è in temporanea importazione doganale) cm 23,5x6; inches 9.25 by 2.36 Framed: cm 24,2x6,6x6,6; inches 9.52 by 2.59 by 2.59 To view Shipping Calculator, please click here
Achrome
Sold on Mar 25, 2021
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canvas sewn in squares
58.42 x 80.01 cm
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Mar 25, 2021
Christie's
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) canvas sewn in squares 31 ½ x 23 5/8in. (80 x 60cm.) Executed in 1959-1960
Achrome
canvas sewn in squares
Mar 25, 2021
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58.42 x 80.01 cm
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Mar 25, 2021
Christie's
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) canvas sewn in squares 31 ½ x 23 5/8in. (80 x 60cm.) Executed in 1959-1960
The Artist’s Fingerprint, 1960
Sold on Feb 8, 2021
€8,820
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lithograph
34.8 x 49.6 cm
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€8,820
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Feb 8, 2021
Sotheby's
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signé et daté '60 épreuve d'artiste lithographie 49,6 x 34,8 cm ; 19 ½ x 13 ¾ in Exécuté en 1960.
The Artist’s Fingerprint, 1960
lithograph
Feb 8, 2021
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34.8 x 49.6 cm
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Feb 8, 2021
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€8,820
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signé et daté '60 épreuve d'artiste lithographie 49,6 x 34,8 cm ; 19 ½ x 13 ¾ in Exécuté en 1960.
Untitled, 1957
Sold on Nov 26, 2020
€25,300
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enamel on paper
49.5 x 70.0 cm
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€25,300
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Nov 26, 2020
Dorotheum
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signed and dated, enamel on paper, 70 x 49.5 cm, framed
Untitled, 1957
enamel on paper
Nov 26, 2020
Dorotheum
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49.5 x 70.0 cm
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Nov 26, 2020
Dorotheum
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€25,300
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signed and dated, enamel on paper, 70 x 49.5 cm, framed
Linea m 6,98 (Line m 6,98), 1959
Sold on Oct 22, 2020
£206,250
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Work on Paper
ink on paper, cardboard tube
6.5 x 21.5 x 6.5 cm
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£206,250
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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titled and inscribed '12/59' (on the label) ink on paper, cardboard tube 8 ½ x 2 ½ x 2 ½in. (21.5 x 6.5 x 6.5cm.) Executed in 1959
Linea m 6,98 (Line m 6,98), 1959
ink on paper, cardboard tube
Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
£206,250
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6.5 x 21.5 x 6.5 cm
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Oct 22, 2020
Christie's
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£206,250
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titled and inscribed '12/59' (on the label) ink on paper, cardboard tube 8 ½ x 2 ½ x 2 ½in. (21.5 x 6.5 x 6.5cm.) Executed in 1959
ACHROME, 1962
Sold on Oct 21, 2020
£1,709,000
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bread and kaolin
42.0 x 33.0 cm
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£1,709,000
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Oct 21, 2020
Sotheby's
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Property of a Distinguished Gentleman signed and dated '62 on the reverse bread and kaolin 33 by 42 cm. 13 by 16½ in.
ACHROME, 1962
bread and kaolin
Oct 21, 2020
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£1,709,000
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42.0 x 33.0 cm
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Oct 21, 2020
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£1,709,000
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Property of a Distinguished Gentleman signed and dated '62 on the reverse bread and kaolin 33 by 42 cm. 13 by 16½ in.
CORK PRINT (IMPRONTO SUGHERO), 1959
Sold on Aug 13, 2020
£4,788
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Print
collagraph on velour paper
17.4 x 22.4 cm
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£4,788
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Aug 13, 2020
Sotheby's
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signed and dated '59 collagraph on velour paper 22.4 by 17.4 cm. 8⅞ by 6⅞ in. mount: 39 by 33 cm. 15⅜ by 13 in. Executed in 1959, this work is from an edition of 150.
CORK PRINT (IMPRONTO SUGHERO), 1959
collagraph on velour paper
Aug 13, 2020
Sotheby's
£4,788
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17.4 x 22.4 cm
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Aug 13, 2020
Sotheby's
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£4,788
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signed and dated '59 collagraph on velour paper 22.4 by 17.4 cm. 8⅞ by 6⅞ in. mount: 39 by 33 cm. 15⅜ by 13 in. Executed in 1959, this work is from an edition of 150.
Uovo Scultura n. 29 (Egg Sculpture No. 29), 1933-1963
Sold on Jun 26, 2020
£100,000
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ink on egg in wooden box
5.7 x 8.2 x 6.7 cm
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£100,000
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Jun 26, 2020
Christie's
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) _Uovo Scultura n. 29 (Egg Sculpture No. 29)_ signed and dated 'Piero Manzoni '60' and stamped with number '29' (on the interior of the box lid) ink on egg in wooden box box: 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ x 2 5/8 in. (5.7 x 8.2 x 6.7 cm.) Executed in 1960, this work is number twenty-nine from an edition of at least fifty-one catalogued to this day
Uovo Scultura n. 29 (Egg Sculpture No. 29), 1933-1963
ink on egg in wooden box
Jun 26, 2020
Christie's
£100,000
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5.7 x 8.2 x 6.7 cm
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Jun 26, 2020
Christie's
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£100,000
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PIERO MANZONI (1933-1963) _Uovo Scultura n. 29 (Egg Sculpture No. 29)_ signed and dated 'Piero Manzoni '60' and stamped with number '29' (on the interior of the box lid) ink on egg in wooden box box: 2 ¼ x 3 ¼ x 2 5/8 in. (5.7 x 8.2 x 6.7 cm.) Executed in 1960, this work is number twenty-nine from an edition of at least fifty-one catalogued to this day