Monday, May 17, 2010

Auction: Photographs, May 21, 2010 @Christie's South Kensington

The upcoming Christie's Photographs sale takes place at the South Kensington office in London later this week, and this particular location (in contrast to the King Street space) is often a signal of lower end material. 44 of the lots in this sale come from the collection of picture editor Norman Hall, and there are quite a few Brandt nudes mixed in across the action. Overall, there are a total of 111 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of £797500. (Catalog cover at right, via Christie's.)

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 67
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £173500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 37
Total Mid Estimate: £404000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 7
Total High Estimate: £220000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 47, Gustave Le Gray, View across the Nile, 1867, at £30000-40000. (Image at right, via Christie's.)

Here is the list of the photographers who are represented by three or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Henri Cartier-Bresson (9)
Helmut Newton (8)
Bill Brandt (7)
Irving Penn (7)
Mario Giacomelli (5)
Robert Mapplethorpe (5)
Brett Weston (5)
Cecil Beaton (3)
Robert Doisneau (3)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. The eCatalogue is located here.

May 21st

85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD

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