Monday, December 7, 2009

Auction: Photographie, December 9, 2009 @Van Ham

The upcoming Photography sale at Van Ham in Cologne later this week has a wide range of generally lower end material, with a solid selection of German photography (as expected). Likely as an attempt to attract entry-level buyers, all of the lots that are priced below 1000€ are gathered together in a single section at the back of the catalogue. Overall, there are a total of 287 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of 395670€. (Catalog covers at right, via Van Ham.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 284
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 365670€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 3
Total Mid Estimate: 30000€

Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

The top lot by High estimate is lot 1092, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Das Bäumchen, 1929, at 10000-12000€.

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

Albert Renger-Patzsch (15)
Chargesheimer (11)
Hugo Schmölz (10)
August Sander (9)
Peter Keetman (8)
Werner Mantz (7)
Thomas Struth (5)
Bernd and Hilla Becher (4)
Robert Bothner (4)
Ruth Hallensleben (4)
Rudolph Holtappel (4)
Jan Saudek (4)

There aren't many images of specific interest for our collection in this sale. We did however like Lot 1035 Frank Gohlke, Grain Elevator (stave+hoop construction), 1973.

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

December 9th

Van Ham Kunstauktionen
Schönhauser Straße 10 - 16
D - 50968 Köln

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