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Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, October 14 and 15, 2010 @Christie's King Street
Christie's comes to market second in the Fall London season, with its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions at King Street on the 14th and 15th. The top lots include Gilbert & George, Sherman, Gursky, Wall and Demand. Overall, there are 40 photography lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of £1714500.
Here's the breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 5
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £20500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 18
Total Mid Estimate: £254000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 17
Total High Estimate: £1440000
The top lot by High estimate is lot 21, Gilbert & George, Frozen Youth, 1982, at £250000-350000. (Image at right, top, via Christie's.) The next highest lot is lot 44, Cindy Sherman, Untitled (#412), 2003, at £100000-200000, a very scary clown indeed. (Image at right, bottom, via Christie's.) .
Here is the list of photographers who are represented by two or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Thomas Ruff (4)
Idris Khan (2)
VikMuniz (2) .
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).