Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Auction: Signature Vintage & Contemporary Photography Auction, December 3, 2010 @Heritage New York

Heritage's photography sale in New York later this week (online bidding is already open) is a selection of mostly lower priced material, all with starting bids at half the Low estimate. The most surprising find here is an instance of Lee Friedlander's 15 Photographs Portfolio from the early 1970s, which is being broken up and sold as individual images. All in, there are a total of 196 photography lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of $916800.

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 187
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $714300

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 9
Total Mid Estimate: $202500

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA
The top lot by High estimate is lot 74040, Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941/1978, at $30000-50000.

Here is the list of the photographers who are represented by five or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Lee Friedlander (15)
Harold Edgerton (10)
Ansel Adams (9)
Eliot Porter (9)
Michael Kenna (7)
Sid Avery (6)
Hank O'Neal (6)
Dennis Hopper (5)
O. Winston Link (5)
(Lot 74022, Gyorgy Kepes, Untitled (Abstraction), 1953/1970s, at $2500-3500, at right, middle, lot 74038, William Garnett, Plowed Field, Arvin, California, 1951, 1993, at $6000-8000, at right, bottom, and lot 74095, Harold Edgerton, Bullet Through Candle Flame, 1973/1980, at $1000-2000, at right, top, all via Heritage.)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Signature Vintage & Contemporary Photography Auction
December 3rd

Heritage Auctions
The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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