Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Auctions: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, June 29 and 30, 2011 @Sotheby's London

Sotheby's finishes up the Spring Contemporary Art season with Evening and Day sales next week in London. The top photography lots include works by Gursky, Eliasson, and Gilbert & George. There is also a Gillian Wearing commission available as a benefit for Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Overall, there are a total of 40 photo lots available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of £2783000.

Here's the usual statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £5000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 23
Total Mid Estimate: £378000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 16
Total High Estimate: £2400000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 39, Andreas Gursky, Engadin II, 2006, at £500000-700000. (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):

Gilbert & George (4)
Andreas Gursky (4)
Vik Muniz (3)
Cindy Sherman (2)
Thomas Struth (2)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (2)

(Lot 288, Gilbert & George, Black Buds, 1980, at £150000-200000, at right, top, and lot 290, Rashid Rana, What Lies Between Skin and Flesh, 2009, at £50000-70000, at right, bottom, via Sotheby's.)

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

Contemporary Art Evening
June 29th

Contemporary Art Day
June 30th

34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA

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