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Monday, May 10, 2010
Auction: Photographs, May 18, 2010 @Bonhams
Bonhams' various owner Photographs sale next week begins the string of auctions that bridge from the end of the New York season to the beginning of the season in Europe (London, Paris, Germany and elsewhere). Overall, there are 132 photographs on offer, with a total High estimate of $1039550. (Catalog cover at right, via Bonhams.)
Here's the statistical breakdown: .
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 112
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $545550
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 19
Total Mid Estimate: $439000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 1
Total High Estimate: $55000 .
The top lot by High estimate is lot 100, Richard Avedon, Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, 1981, at $35000-55000. .
Below is the list of photographers represented by at least 3 lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Ansel Adams (8)
Andre Kertesz (8)
Joel-Peter Witkin (7)
Edward Curtis (6)
Jim Dow (5)
Herb Ritts (5)
Edward Weston (5)
Berenice Abbott (4)
Johan Hagemeyer (4)
O. Winston Link (4)
Ruth Bernhard (3)
Robert Mapplethorpe (3)
Sebastiao Salgado (3)
For our particular collection, the platinum Laura Gilpin, Narcissus, 1928, would be the best fit. (Image at right, via Bonhams.)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.