Thursday, February 3, 2011

Auctions: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, February 15 and 16, 2011 @Sotheby's London

It's a fresh start for everyone as Sotheby's begins the 2011 auction season for photography with its Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales on the 15th and 16th in London. The top photography lots include work by Sherman, Gursky, Gilbert & George, Sugimoto, and Struth. Overall, there are a total of 28 photo lots available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of £2967000.

Here's the usual statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): NA

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 12
Total Mid Estimate: £182000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 16
Total High Estimate: £2785000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 3, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #87, 1981, at £400000-600000. (Image at right, middle, via Sotheby's.)

Here is a list of the photographers who are represented by more than one lot in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Hiroshi Sugimoto (4)
Olafur Eliasson (2)
Gilbert & George (2)
Candida Höfer (2)
Vik Muniz (2)
Thomas Struth (2)

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

(Lot 58, Olafur Eliasson, The Waterfall Series, 1996, at £150000-200000, at right, top, and lot 196, Zhang Huan, Skin, 1997, at £30000-40000, at right, bottom, via Sotheby's.)

Contemporary Art Evening
February 15th
Contemporary Art Day
February 16th
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA

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