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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Auctions: Contemporary Art, May 12 and 13, 2010 @Sotheby's
Sotheby's is up second in the Spring Contemporary Art season in New York next week, with Evening and Day auctions Wednesday and Thursday. There are a total of 52 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a total High estimate for photography of $4099000. It's interesting to see well known Mapplethorpe flowers (in black and white) now being placed into the major Contemporary Art sales rather than into the Photographs sales. (Catalog covers at right, via Sotheby's.)
Here's the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $10000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 30
Total Mid Estimate: $849000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 21
Total High Estimate: $3240000
The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 49, Andreas Gursky, Rimini, 2003, at $500000-700000.
Here's the list of photographers represented by more than one lot in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Florian Maier-Aichen (4)
Cindy Sherman (4)
John Baldessari (3)
Thomas Ruff (3)
Douglas Gordon (2)
Andreas Gursky (2)
Robert Mapplethorpe (2)
Paul McCarthy (2)
Marilyn Minter (2)
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).