Thursday, May 6, 2010

Auction: Africa, May 15, 2010 @Phillips

Phillips continues its 2010 series of themed sales next weekend with a grouping of works gathered under the umbrella of "Africa". The auction includes photographs by African photographers, as well as those by Western photographers taking on African subjects (quite broadly defined). Out of a total of 233 lots on offer, there are 75 lots of photography mixed in, with a total High estimate for photography of $554700. (Catalog cover at right, via Phillips.)

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 62
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $272700

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 12
Total Mid Estimate: $202000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 1
Total High Estimate: $80000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 61, Yinka Shonibare, Un Ballo in Maschera (I-X), 2004-2005, at $60000-80000. (Image at right, via Phillips.)

The following is the list of the photographers represented by more than two lots in this sale:

Seydou Keïta (7)
Malick Sidibé (7)
George Rodger (6)
Sebastião Salgado (5)
Hugo Bernatzik (4)
Zwelethu Mthethwa (4)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

May 15th

450 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

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