Getting going from a cold start is a pretty daunting task. Client lists need to be built, internal infrastructure has to be put in place, and material has to be pried loose from consignors without any track record of prior success. So the fact that this sale has come together at all is a testament to the work of John Cowley and Hannah Hayden, with the help of Rick Wester.
There are a total of 145 lots in this sale, with a total estimate of $2588800. This number is a little misleading in that one lot, the five volume The Countries of the Amur, Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia and the Urals, 1860-1866, carries a high estimate of $1200000, thereby making the rest of the sale worth $1388800.
Here is the breakdown:
Total Low lots (high estimate of $10000 or lower): 118
Total Low estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $733800
Total Mid lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 24
Total Mid estimate: $515000
Total High lots (high estimate above $50000): 3
Total High estimate: $1340000
Except for the Siberian volumes mentioned above (which will swamp the numbers one way or the other), this is a low end sale of mostly mainstream work. There aren't a lot of surprises or hidden gems here. But in the context of a new entrant, this is a perfectly respectable sale of a broad range of photography.
For our particular collection, there are only a couple of lots that fit well:
- Lot 9 Lewis Baltz, West Wall, the Ted Pella Company, Space W 109, the Esplanade V, 3001 Redhill, Costa Mesa, 1975
- Lot 61 Harry Callahan, Chicago, 1949/Later
Inaugural Photographs Sale
October 17, 2008
6 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036