Art historian and critic, Anthony Haden Guest, tells the story of Il Maestro Arturo Di Modica from being born 1941 into World War 2 Sicily, his move to Florence, the first 1977 unauthorised Rockefeller Installation and the late night drop on Wall Street of his now world famous 16ft bronze Charging Bull.
Published 18th December 2018
In November 2017, Christies smashed world records when Leonardo Di Vinci's Salvator Mundi came to auction and realised a final price of $450 million. However since the fiercely competitive auction the mysterious work has not been seen since and there has been much debate as to who was the final bidder on the work.
Hockney becomes most expensive living artist
In November 2018 at Christies, the Yorkshire artist David Hockney eclipsed the previous record auction result for a living artist when the hammer came down at $90.3 million. The last record was set in 2013 by Jeff Koons Balloon Dog (orange) at $58.4m. The seller of the Hockney was reportedly Joe Lewis, owner of Arturo Di Modica's Charging Bull sculpture.
Arturo Di Modica 1985 Installation
On Valentines Day 1985, Arturo Di Modica loaded his 10.5ft Il Cavallo sculpture onto the back of his Ferrari 328 GTS and set out for the Lincoln Centre completely alone. Upon his arrival, with the sculpture covered in a red drape saying 'Be My Valentine N.Y Love AD', in his trademark fashion he proceeded to drop the sculpture with no prior permission for all the people in love.