Friday, May 3, 2013

Auctions: Contemporary Art, Evening and Day Sales, May 14 and 15, 2013 @Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's is up first in next week's Contemporary Art sales in New York, with Evening and Day sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are plenty of high end photographs on offer, led by a Koons duratran lightbox with a big estimate ($2500000-3500000). The rest of the top lots (Prince, Sherman, Gursky, Wall et al) are mostly usual suspects. Overall, there are a total of 53 lots of photography on offer, with an impressive Total High Estimate for photography of $10018000.

Here's the statistical breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $0

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 22
Total Mid Estimate: $618000

Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 31
Total High Estimate: $9400000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 9, Jeff Koons, The New Jeff Koons, 1980, estimated at $2500000-3500000 (image at right, top, via Sotheby's).

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

David LaChapelle (4)
Vik Muniz (4)
Richard Prince (4)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (3)

Other photographs of interest include lot 57, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 2001, estimated at $800000-1200000 (image at right, middle, via Sotheby's) and lot 504, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Chrysler Building, 1997, estimated at $200000-300000 (image at right, bottom, via Sotheby's.)

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

Contemporary Art (Evening)
May 14th

Contemporary Art (Day)
May 15th

1334 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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