Monday, April 4, 2011

Auction: Photographs, April 9, 2011 @Phillips

Phillips wraps up the flurry of major activity in the New York spring Photographs season with its broad various owner sale on Saturday. The auction includes a well-balanced selection of vintage and fresh contemporary work, with plenty of high end lots (headlined by a Cindy Sherman). Overall, there are a total of 261 lots on offer, with a total High estimate of $4913400.
Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 138
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $931400

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 102
Total Mid Estimate: $2217000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 21
Total High Estimate: $1765000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 171, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #278, 1993, at $200000-300000.
The following is the list of the photographers represented by five or more lots in this sale (with the number of lots on offer in parentheses):

Robert Mapplethorpe (8)
Vik Muniz (7)
Edward Weston (7)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (6)
Robert Frank (6)
Candida Höfer (6)
Irving Penn (6)
Harry Callahan (5)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (5)

(Lot 86, Candida Höfer, Playfair Library Hall, The University of Edinburgh, II, 1998/1999, at $8000-12000, image at right, middle, lot 196, Elger Esser, Doubt, Frankreich, 1999, at $50000-70000, image at right, top, and lot 211, Desiree Dolron, Xteriors VI, 2003, at $40000-60000, image at right, bottom, all via Phillips.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.
April 9th

450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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