Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening, Morning and Afternoon Sales, November 10 and 11, 2009 @Christie's

Christie's kicks off the New York Contemporary Art Fall season with a series of three sales next week. There is no photography in the high profile Evening sale, and only one image (a Warhol stitched work) in the Morning sale; all of the rest of the contemporary photographs can be found in the Afternoon sale. Most of the usual suspects are represented. There are a total of 62 photography lots on offer across the three sessions, with a Total High Estimate of $5038000. (Catalog covers at right, via Christie'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): 31
Total Mid Estimate: $888000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 31
Total High Estimate: $4150000

The top lots by High estimate are lot 353, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #15, 1978, and lot 408, Andreas Gursky, Toys 'R' Us, 1999, both at $300000-400000.

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

Thomas Ruff (5)
Cindy Sherman (5)
Thomas Struth (5)
Andreas Gursky (3)
Louise Lawler (3)
Vik Muniz (3)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (3)
Matthew Barney (2)
Rineke Dijkstra (2)
Dan Graham (2)
Barbara Kruger (2)
Richard Prince (2)
Jeff Wall (2)
Zhang Huan (2)

For our collection, we'd likely select lot 417, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Gas Cooler Details, 2003.

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening), here (Morning) and here (Afternoon).

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
November 10th

Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale
November 11th

Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale
November 11th

20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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