Friday, December 10, 2010

Auction: Photographs, December 13, 2010 @Christie's

Christie's ends the 2010 auction season for Photographs with a mop-up sale of generally lower end material in New York next week. With a high percentage of later prints or lesser known images, it's a grab bag to pick through. Overall, there are a total of 187 lots on offer, with a total High estimate of $1234000.

Here's the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 173
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $951000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 14
Total Mid Estimate: $283000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA
The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 65, Irving Penn, Cuzco Children, Neg. No 142, Peru, Dec 1948, 1949, and lot 137, Irving Penn, Juliet Auchincloss, 1949, both at $30000-50000.
Here's the complete list of photographers represented by five or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Ansel Adams (14)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (8)
Edward Weston (7)
Leonard Freed (7)
Brassai (6)
Harry Callahan (5)
(Lot 33, Bill Brandt, Nude #68, London, 1953, at $7000-9000, at right, bottom, lot 55, Irving Penn, Dorian Leigh and Ray Bolger, Vogue cover, 1946, at $20000-30000, at right, middle, and lot 122, Eddie Adams, Symbolism: March on Washington, 1963, $1500-2500, at right, top, all via Christie's.)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. The eCatalogue is located here.

December 13th
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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