Monday, March 15, 2010

Auction: SEX, March 19, 2010 @Phillips London

Phillips continues its themed sales in London later this week with an auction bluntly entitled SEX. Running the gamut from artful nudes to explicit close-ups, photography is a cornerstone of this sale: out of a total of 221 lots on offer from all mediums, 137 are photographs (more than 60%). Overall, the Total High Estimate for the photography lots is £672500. (Catalog cover at right, via Phillips.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 110
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £264500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 21
Total Mid Estimate: £183000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 6
Total High Estimate: £225000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 124, Pierre et Gilles, Tiger, 2007, at £40000-60000.

Here is the list of photographers who are represented by three or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Helmut Newton (8)
Pierre Moliner (7)
Nobuyoshi Araki (6)
Noritoshi Hirakawa (6)
Bob Carlos Clarke (4)
Robert Mapplethorpe (4)
Hugo Markl (4)
Daido Moriyama (4)
Terry Richardson (4)
Merry Alpern (3)
Sante D'Orazio (3)
Nan Goldin (3)
Pamela Hanson (3)
Les Krims (3)
Rankin (3)
Miroslav Tichy (3)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

March 19th

Phillips De Pury & Company
Howick Place
London SW1P 1BB

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