Thursday, May 26, 2011

Auctions: Photography and Contemporary Art, May 30 and June 1, 2011 @Lempertz

Kunsthaus Lempertz has both a various owner Photography sale and a Contemporary Art sale (that includes a handful of photography lots) coming up in Cologne next week. As usual, it's the typical mix of generally lower priced European material we've come to expect. Overall, there are a total of 214 lots of photography on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of 540550€.
Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 204
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 315550€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 7
Total Mid Estimate: 105000€

Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 3
Total High Estimate: 120000€

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots. Two of the lots are groups of 4 winding tower prints by Bernd and Hilla Becher (each individual image titled by location): lot 508 from 1974-1978, and lot 509 from 1966-1968. The third is lot 590, Andreas Gursky, Furkapass, 1989. Each of the lots is estimated at 30000-40000€.

Here's the list of photographers who are represented by four or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Albert Renger-Patzsch (7)
Umbo (5)
Lucia Moholy (4)
August Sander (4)
Toni Schneiders (4)
Jock Sturges (4)

(Lot 38, Umbo, Unheimliche Strasse, 1928/1975, at 2500€, at right, top, lot 42, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Gemeiner Lowenzahn. Samenstand, 1925-1929, at 3000-4000€, at right, bottom, and lot 193, Tatsumi Orimoto, Untitled from Tire Tube Communication: Mama and Neighbours, 1996, at 1500€, at right, middle, all via Lempertz.)

The complete lot by lot online catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art).

May 30th

Contemporary Art
June 1st

Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
D-50667 Köln

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