Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Auction: New York New York, December 12, 2009 @Phillips

The last of Phillips' themed sales in 2009 is scheduled for later this week and covers New York, broadly defined. The photography included is predominantly black and white, with a heavy dose of street imagery and architectural views. Overall, there are a total of 134 lots of photography on offer, with a total High estimate of $907300. (Catalog cover at right, via Phillips.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 117
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $455300

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 15
Total Mid Estimate: $322000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 2
Total High Estimate: $130000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 148, Edward Steichen, The Maypole, Empire State Building, 1932/1960 at $50000-70000.

Here's a list of the photographers who are represented by four or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots on offer in parentheses):

Berenice Abbott (7)
Louis Faurer (6)
Ruth Orkin (6)
Leon Levinstein (5)
Vik Muniz (5)
Elliott Erwitt (4)
Walker Evans (4)
Andreas Feininger (4)
Maripol (4)
Garry Winogrand (4)

Since one of our collecting genres is city/industrial imagery, there are plenty of works that would fit well into our collection in this sale. A few we like include:

Lot 135 Hiroshi Sugimoto, Empire State Building, 1997
Lot 140 Berenice Abbott, City Arabesque, 1936 (we already have a later print of this image)
Lot 141 Harry Callahan, World Trade Center, 1974
Lot 148 Edward Steichen, The Maypole, Empire State Building, 1932/1960
Lot 182 Walker Evans, Untitled (Architectural, New York), 1929
Lot 190 Ted Croner, Taxi, New York, 1947/Later

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

New York New York
December 12th

Phillips De Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

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