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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Auction: Important Photographs & Photobooks, December 9, 2010 @Swann
Swann has a late season various owner sale in New York later this week, with a broad mix of lower end photographs and photobooks on offer. Overall, there are 364 lots available, with a total High estimate of $1744700.
Here's the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 336
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $1193700
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 28
Total Mid Estimate: $551000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA .
The top lot by High estimate is lot 145, Brett Weston, Twenty Photographs 1970-1977, 1978, at $30000-45000.
Below is the list of photographers with 5 or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Berenice Abbott (10) Ansel Adams (10) Edward Curtis (8) Weegee (8) Walker Evans (6) Brett Weston (6) Lee Friedlander (5) Andre Kertesz (5) Jacques-Henri Lartigue (5) Danny Lyon (5) Stephen Shore (5)
(Lot 21, Edward Curtis, Self portrait, 1899, at $6000-9000, at right, bottom, lot 81, Irving Penn, Nude #17, New York, 1949-1950/1980, at $25000-35000, at right, middle, and lot 191, David Goldblatt, Prostitute, Fordsburgh, Johannesburg, 1975, at $12000-18000, at right, top, all via Swann.) .
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. The 3D version is located here.