Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Auction: Photographs, May 15, 2013 @Christie's London

Christie's upcoming Photographs sale in London is led by a large group of works by Peter Beard, most commissioned for the Nord Pinus Hotel in Arles in the late 1990s. Overall, there are a total of 108 photographs on offer, with a Total High Estimate of £1678000.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 13
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £51000

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 75
Total Mid Estimate: £827000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 20
Total High Estimate: £800000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 19, Peter Beard, Giraffes in mirage on the Taru Desert, Kenya for the End of the Game, June 1960, 1960/1997, at £50000-70000. (Image at right, top, via Christie's.)

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

Peter Beard (17)
Helmut Newton (12)
Horst P. Horst (9)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (7)
Jacques-Henri Lartigue (5)
Andy Warhol (5)
David LaChapelle (4)
Herb Ritts (4)
Albert Watson (4)

Other lots of interest include lot 72, Albert Watson, Michael Jackson, New York City, 1998/later, at £12000-18000 (image at right, middle) and lot 83, Helmut Newton, Patti Hansen & Winnie Holman for Xavier Coiffures, New York, 1976, at £2000-3000 (image at right, bottom, both via Christie's.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

May 15th

8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

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