Monday, November 1, 2010

Auctions: Carte Blanche and Contemporary Art, Parts I and II, November 8 and 9, 2010 @Phillips

Phillips kicks off the Fall Contemporary Art season in New York next week, with the Carte Blanche sale (curated by Philippe Segalot) and a two-part various owner sale. The big news photography-wise is the sale of Cindy Sherman's Untitled #153, with a jaw-dropping estimate of $2-3 million; in an edition of 6, it is the last print still in public hands (the rest are in museum collections I believe), so the bidding will likely be fierce. If that wasn't enough, there is also a Richard Prince cowboy in this set of sales, with a hefty estimate of $1-1.5 million. All in, there are a total of 88 lots of photography available across the three sales, with a total High estimate for photography of $7804500.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 29
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $194500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 46
Total Mid Estimate: $1100000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 13
Total High Estimate: $6510000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 14, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #153, 1985, at $2000000-3000000. (Image at right, top, via Phillips.) The next highest lot by High estimate is lot 113, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1998-1999, at $1000000-1500000. (Image at right, bottom, via Phillips.)

Here's the list of photographers represented by three or more lots in the sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Gabriel Orozco (5)
Thomas Ruff (4)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (4)
Gregory Crewdson (3)
Marilyn Minter (3)
Vik Muniz (3)
Richard Prince (3)
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Carte Blanche), here (Part I) and here (Part II).

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