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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Auction: Photographies des XIX & XXème, May 6, 2009 @Yann Le Mouel
Yann Le Mouel kicks off the European auction season with a big sale of 19th and 20th century photography in Paris on May 6. We always enjoy the sales in London, Paris and all over Germany because they have a different mix of material than the US sales, available at generally more affordable prices; hidden gems and lesser known winners can often be found. There are a total of 315 lots on offer in this sale, with a total High estimate of 639800€; there are plenty of lower end lots to tempt bargain hunters, many with estimates below 1500€. (Catalog cover at right.)
Here's the breakdown:
Total Low lots (high estimate 7500€ or lower): 311
Total Low estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 571300€
Total Mid lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 4 Total Mid estimate: 68500€
Total High lots (high estimate over 35000€): 0
Total High estimate: NA
For our collection, we liked the following:
Lot 68, Germaine Krull, Bruges, 1926
Lot 127, Walker Evans, White and Black building, West Street, New York, 1934/1960
Lot 140, Margaret Bourke-White, Steel, Industrial Scenes, Pittsburgh, 1936
Lot 246, Aaron Siskind, Chicago, 1957 (with a George Eastman House stamp)
And while we very much like the Man Ray Magnolia Blossom on the cover, we already have a print of this image in our collection (here).
There is an easy to use online catalog (lot by lot and searchable) available via the link below.