Sotheby's Aims for $8m Boetti Record

The 20-ft embroidered map follows strong sales in 2021

Sotheby’s announced this morning that it will offer one of Alighiero Boetti’s Mappa works. This one is almost 20 feet wide and will carry an estimate of $8 million which would be a record for the artist at auction. The work is being offered by the Fondazione Chiara e Francesco Carraro on November 16th of this year. 

The massive work will go on view in Dubai on Monday, September 26th. It last shown outside of the foundation at the 2011 Boetti retrospective put on by the Tate, Reina Sofia and MoMA museums. 

The maps comprise half of Boetti’s top ten works by price. Three of those sales came in 2021. A 1978 version made $4.2 million in October of 2021 at Sotheby’s in London. The next day, Christie’s sold another 1988 version for $3.2 million. The next month, Sotheby’s in New York sold a 1984 version for $1.8 million. 

The maps themselves were designed and conceived by Boetti but executed by Afghan embroiders and weavers in Afghanistan and then Pakistan. 

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