Monday, June 20, 2011

Auctions: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, June 27 and 28, 2011 @Phillips London

Phillips begins the June Contemporary Art season in London next week with a pair of Evening and Day sales. It's a generally straightforward selection, with few notable or unexpected standouts. Overall, there are a total of 53 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £1736000.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 5
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £24000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 35
Total Mid Estimate: £437000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 13
Total High Estimate: £1275000
The top lot by High estimate is lot 5, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #4, 1977, at £250000-350000.

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

Ryan McGinley (3)
Doug Aitken (2)
Thomas Demand (2)
Nan Goldin (2)
Gordon Matta-Clark (2)
Marilyn Minter (2)
Zhang Huan (2)

(Lot 145, Walead Beshty, The Phenomenology of Shopping, 2001-2003, at £10000-15000, image at right, middle, lot 293, Elger Esser, Ameland Pier IX, 2000, at £20000-30000, image at right, bottom, and lot 296, Gordon Matta-Clark, Splitting, 1974, at £12000-18000, image at right, top, all via Phillips.)

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

Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 27th
Contemporary Art Day Sale
June 28th

Phillips De Pury & Company
Howick Place
London SW1P 1BB

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