Monday, November 29, 2010

Auctions: Photography, with Contemporary Art, December 2 and 4, 2010 @Lempertz

Kunsthaus Lempertz has both a various owner Photography sale and a Contemporary Art sale that includes photography coming up in Cologne later this week. It's the usual assortment of generally lower end European material, with a selection of works by Polke and the Bechers in the contemporary mix. Overall, there are a total of 217 lots of photography across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of 541600€.
Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 205
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 354600€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 12
Total Mid Estimate: 187000€

Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots. Each is a group of 4 winding tower prints by Bernd and Hilla Becher (each individual image titled by location): lot 308 from 1966-1973, lot 309 from 1967-1975, and lot 310 from 1966-1973. Each of the lots is estimated at 20000-25000€.

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

Harry Callahan (4)
Sigmar Polke (4)
Albert Renger-Patzsch (4)
Jan Saudek (4)
Umbo (4)

(Lot 765, Paul Strand, The Barn, Quebec, 1936/1960s, 7500€, at right, top, Lot 844, János Szász, Schulbal - Tanz Im Einklang, 1965, 1500€, at right, middle, and Lot 756, Man Ray, Domaine De Sade II, 1976, 3000-4000€, at right, bottom, all via Lempertz.)

The complete lot by lot online catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art).
December 2nd

Contemporary Art
December 4th
Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
D-50667 Köln

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