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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Auctions: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, November 11 and 12, 2009 @Sotheby's
Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales follow directly on the heels of those at Christie's this season. There is only one photographic lot in the Evening sale (a Baldessari); the rest of the contemporary photographs can be found in the Day sale. Quite a few of the images up for sale come from the collection of Martin Margulies (here). There are a total of 55 photography lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $4139000. (Catalog covers at right, via Sotheby's.)
Here's the breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): NA
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 32
Total Mid Estimate: $859000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 23
Total High Estimate: $3280000
The top lot by High estimate is lot 40, John Baldessari, Life's Balance, 1986, at $300000-400000. .
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):
Thomas Struth (4)
Rineke Dijkstra (3)
Andreas Gursky (3)
Candida Hofer (3)
Florian Maier-Aichen (3)
John Baldessari (2)
Bernd and HillaBecher (2)
Thomas Demand (2)
Andres Serrano (2) ZhangHuan (2)
For our collection, we'd likely choose lot 312, Bernd and HillaBecher, Industrial Facades, 1998.
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).