Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, October 16 and 17, 2009 @Christie's London

Christie's follows right on the heels of Sotheby's with a pair of Evening and Day sales in London later this week. The material is a bit better here, but still relatively thin in terms of stand out contemporary pictures. There are total of 36 photography lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of £866000. (Catalog covers at right, via Christie's.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £5000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 24
Total Mid Estimate: £323000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 11
Total High Estimate: £538000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 8, Andreas Gursky, Salerno, 1990, at £90000-120000.

Here is a short list of the photographers who are represented by more than one photo lot in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Andreas Gursky (6)
Richard Prince (4)
Florian Maier-Aichen (3)
Shirin Neshat (3)
David LaChapelle (2)
Thomas Ruff (2)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (2)
Andy Warhol (2)

While there weren't any great fits for our collection in these sales, if we were magically given a choice of what's on offer, we'd likely select lot 211, Andreas Gursky, Taipei, 2000.

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
October 16th

Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 17th

8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

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