Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Auction: Photographs, May 19, 2009 @Bonhams

The Photographs sales at the old San Francisco-based Butterfields (now part of Bonhams in New York) have always had a heavier dose of West coast material (Ansel Adams et al) and have often been a good place to look for bargains. The upcoming sale matches this description and includes mostly affordable works, with the standout lot (to our eyes) being a 1950s print of Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, although from the online image, it looks like it might have a few condition problems in one corner. (No catalog cover image available.)

Here are the statistics for the auction:

Total Lots: 166
Total Low Estimate: $642800
Total High Estimate: $938300

Total Low Lots (high estimate $10000 and below ): 149
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $619300

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 17
Total Mid Estimate: $319000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

A couple of lots that would fit into our specific collection include:

Lot 61, Harry Callahan, Eleanor, 1947/Later
Lot 62, Imogen Cunningham, Triangles, 1928/1960s

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

May 19th

Bonhams & Butterfields
580 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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