Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Auction: First Open, March 8, 2013 @Christie's New York

Christie's has the final chance for the auction houses to separate Armory week collectors from their savings with its First Open sale coming up on Friday. Led by six works from Cindy Sherman, it's a mid range assortment with plenty of well known names. Overall, there are a total of 48 lots of photography available in the sale, with a total High estimate for photography of $1438500.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 15
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $103500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 26
Total Mid Estimate: $595000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 7
Total High Estimate: $740000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 90, Andreas Gursky, Atlanta, 1996, estimated at $250000-350000 (image at right, top.)

Here's the complete list of photographers represented by two or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Cindy Sherman (6)
Vik Muniz (5)
Nan Goldin (4)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (3)
Laurie Simmons (2)
Thomas Struth (2)
Sturtevant (2)
Zhang Huan (2)

Other lots of interest include lot 169, Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2010-2012, estimated at $50000-70000 (image at right, middle) and lot 79, Laurie Simmons, Red Library II, 1983, estimated at $5000-7000 (image at right, bottom, all via Christie's.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

First Open
March 8th

20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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