Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Auction: Photographs, November 10, 2009 @Bonhams

Bonhams' various owner Photographs sale begins the string of auctions in November that bridge from New York to London, Paris, Berlin and beyond. The sale has a heavy dose of lesser known Ansel Adams images, along with a generally lower end mix of material lacking in major star power. If the turnout is soft, there should be some bargains here. Overall, there are 151 photographs on offer, with a total High estimate of $969300. (Catalog cover at right, via Bonhams.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 136
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $660300

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 14
Total Mid Estimate: $219000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 1
Total High Estimate: $90000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 112 (also the cover lot) Edward Weston, Nude (Charis, Santa Monica), 1936, at $70000-90000.

Below is the list of photographers represented by at least 3 lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Ansel Adams (20)
Edward Curtis (6)
Horst P. Horst (6)
Andre Kertesz (6)
Jacques Henri Lartigue (6)
Robert Doisneau (5)
Julius Shulman (5)
Brett Weston (5)
Joel-Peter Witkin (5)
Manuel Alvarez-Bravo (4)
Ruth Bernhard (4)
Walker Evans (4)
O. Winston Link (4)
Berenice Abbott (3)
Rene Burri (3)

Beyond the cover lot, there really aren't any great fits for our collection in this sale.

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

November 10th

580 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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