Monday, June 20, 2011

Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, June 28 and 29, 2011 @Christie's King Street

The photography found in Christie's upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions at King Street next week follows a now familiar pattern: a high priced Cindy Sherman headlines the sales, with additional top lots on offer from Sherman, Struth, Baldessari, and Gursky. Overall, there are 33 photography lots available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £3786000.

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 2
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £9000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 15
Total Mid Estimate: £262000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 16
Total High Estimate: £3515000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 16, Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1983, at £1000000-1500000. (Image at right, top, via Christie's.)

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

Thomas Ruff (3)
John Baldessari (2)
Thomas Demand (2)
Idris Khan (2)
Vik Muniz (2)
Cindy Sherman (2)
Thomas Struth (2)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (2)
(Lot 22, Thomas Struth, Art Institute of Chicago I, 1990, at £250000-350000, image at right, middle, and lot 160, Idris Khan, Every...Bernd and Hilla Becher Spherical Type Gasholders, 2004, at £18000-25000, image at right, bottom, both via Christie's.)

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

Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction
June 28th
Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction
June 29th
8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

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