Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Auctions: Photography and Contemporary Art, December 4 and 5, 2009 @Lempertz

Kunsthaus Lempertz has a pair of sales coming up in Cologne later this week, a various owner Photography sale and a Contemporary Art sale that includes some photography, both conveniently detailed in a single printed catalog. The Photography sale has an extensive selection (72 lots) of Camera Work gravures. Overall, there are a total of 318 lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of 633100€. (Catalog cover at right.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 307
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 482100€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 11
Total Mid Estimate: 151000€

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

The top lot by High estimate is lot 321, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Chemische Fabrik Wesseling Bei Koln, 1998, at 15000-20000€.

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

Edward Steichen (18)
Alfred Stieglietz (14)
Alvin Langdon Coburn (8)
Paul Strand (8)
Baron Adolphe De Meyer (5)
Peter Keetman (5)
Heinrich Kuhn (5)
Albert Renger-Patzsch (5)
Nobuyoshi Araki (4)
Boris Becker (4)
Hans Finsler (4)
Gertrude Kasebier (4)
Herbert List (4)
Robert Mapplethorpe (4)
Toni Schneiders (4)

A few images that would fit well in our collection are below:

Lot 113 Hans Finsler, Kamin Elektrizitatswerk, 1928
Lot 131 Folkwang -Auriga Verlag, Ohne Titel (Pflanzen), 1928-1933
Lot 185 Peter Keetman, Ohne Titel (Strommasten), 1966/Later
Lot 216 Fritz Henle, Manhattan, When the Lights Went on Again in 1945, 1945/Later

The complete lot by lot online catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art).

December 4th

Contemporary Art
December 5th

Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
D-50667 Koln

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