From one photography collector to another: a venue for thoughtful discussion of vintage and contemporary photography via reviews of recent museum exhibitions, gallery shows, photography auctions, photo books, art fairs and other items of interest to photography collectors large and small.
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, YinkaShonibare,UnBallo 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:
George Rodger (6)
SebastiãoSalgado (5) Hugo Bernatzik (4)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.