Monday, April 1, 2013

Auction: Photographs, April 5, 2013 @Christie's New York

Christie's various owner Photographs sale later this week gathers a wide variety of periods and styles into a dense package. There aren't too many surprises to be found here, just plenty of solid work worth a look. Overall, there are a total of 204 lots of photography available in the sale, with a total High estimate of $6512000.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 43
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $333000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 140
Total Mid Estimate: $3169000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 21
Total High Estimate: $3010000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 251, Robert Frank, Trolley-New Orleans, 1955, estimated at $400000-600000 (image at right, top, via Christie's.)

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

Ansel Adams (21)
Irving Penn (16)
Edward Weston (10)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (8)
William Eggleston (8)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (8)
Harry Callahan (6)
Eugene Smith (6)
Diane Arbus (5)
Brassai (5)
Robert Frank (5)
Jacques-Henri Lartigue (5)
Other photographs of interest include lot 228, William Eggleston, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973/1976, estimated at $150000-250000 (image at right, middle, via Christie's) and lot 165, Edward Weston, Mexico (Tina on the Azotea), 1924, estimated at $100000-150000 (image at right, bottom, via Christie's).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

April 5th

20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

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