12 #PORTRAITS THAT MADE #ART-MARKET #HISTORY — AT CHRISTIE’S

Christie’s shares “A good portrait offers so much more than the depiction of another person — it can offer a glimpse into their soul.”

https://www.christies.com/features/12-great-portraits-sold-at-Christies-10399-1.aspx?sc_lang=en#FID-10399

#DIEGO WHO?

Gigi, Restaurant La Gondola owner, DIEGO VOCI, Stars & Stripes Reporter

Not Diego, the Game.  Not artists, Diego Riviera or Diego Velázquez.  This is about Diego Voci!

Joy Naffouj, a Canadian Art Dealer met internationally collected artist Antonio Diego Voci (1920-1985, VOH-chee) in 1966 in Germany.  She was attracted to his strong painting style; very different from her stable of the other artists she represented. He had been signing his great body of work with some form of “Voci”. But everyone knew him as “Diego”.  Joy convinced him to sign his paintings thereafter with the “Diego” signature.

Coop Cooprider spotted “Diego’s” work at an exhibition at her studio in Ramstein, Germany.  Diego also displayed at the Restaurant La Gondola, Gigi, the owner, pictured with Diego and a Stars & Stripes reporter.

WHO owns these paintings above? Any information on the whereabouts of these works or the owners, please contact us at The Diego Voci Project Team diegovociproject@gmail.com

#SOTHEBY’S OFFERS RARE #POPE PAINTING BY #BACON

Courtesy ArtDaily and #DiegoVociProject.com

Painting by Bacon will lead the highest valued auction of Contemporary art ever staged in London

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LONDON.- On July 1 Sotheby’s in London will offer Francis Bacon’s famed painting, Study for a Pope I, 1961, estimated £25,000,000-35,000,000.  Consumed by an obsession with Diego Velázquez’s Portrait of Innocent X, the Irish-born artist created this monumental work specifically for his breakthrough retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1962. For 40 years the painting remained in the collection of the celebrated art collector (and infamous playboy) Gunter Sachs, before being sold at auction in 2005 for $10m (£5.8m), a record price for any work by Bacon at that time. The subsequent ten years have seen a meteoric rise in the value of paintings by the artist. Today, the record for a Bacon stands at $142m (£89.3 million), the highest price for any work of contemporary art at auction. With the artist’s critical and commercial standing at new heights, Study for a Pope I, will lead the highest estimated sale of contemporary art ever staged in London, estimated £143.2m-204.6m.

http://artdaily.com/news/79178/Painting-by-Bacon-will-lead-the-highest-valued-auction-of-Contemporary-art-ever-staged-in-London#.VXhU3PlVhBc