Thursday, May 28, 2009

Auction: Photo Atelier Stone, June 4, 2009 @Argenteuil

Next week, the archive of photographers Cami and Sasha Stone will be put up for auction in Argenteuil, France. Over 800 black and white works taken between the wars will be on offer (grouped into a total of 319 lots), most with estimates under 1000€.

The sale includes prints (mostly street scenes and architectural images) from their period in Berlin (1925-1930), as well as from later years in Belgium (1930-1938). There are also a group of photomontages and other miscellaneous documents/ephemera available. Overall, the sale has a Total High Estimate of 217100€. A superb hard backed catalog has been created, containing a detailed bibliography of books and exhibitions, images of all the various hand stamps they used, and several background essays. (Catalog cover at right.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low lots (high estimate 7500€ or lower): 318
Total Low estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 202100€

Total Mid lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 1
Total Mid estimate: 15000€

Total High lots (high estimate over 35000€): 0
Total High estimate: NA

In general, for our particular collection, we continue to look for the right vintage Sasha Stone nude from the 1930s, but we still haven't found one that is tuned just right to our tastes; unfortunately, none of the ones offered in this sale hits the target in the center either, although lot 312 is the closest.

The lot by lot catalog (PDF) can be found here.

Photo Atelier Stone
June 4th

Specialist for the auction
Christophe Goeury

Argenteuil Maison De Vente (no website)
19, Rue Denis-Roy
95100 Argenteuil

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