Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Auctions: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, February 11 and 12, 2010 @Christie's King Street

Christie's is up second in the early London season, with its Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales at King Street in February. On the whole, the photography on offer isn't particularly important or memorable, but consignors seem to be getting more comfortable. There are 22 photography lots on offer across the two sales (up from 10 lots last year), with a Total High Estimate of £1143000 (up more than 75% year over year). (Catalog covers at right, via Christie's.)

Here's the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): NA

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 12
Total Mid Estimate: £193000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 10
Total High Estimate: £950000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 50, John Baldessari, Former Site of Duck Pond Bar, 3003 National City Blvd, National City, Calif, 1996, at £300000-400000.

Here is the very short list of photographers who are represented by more than one lot in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Gregory Crewdson (3)
Louise Lawler (3)
There were three new names that surfaced for the first time, at least as far as I can remember:
Matthew Day Jackson
Sigalit Landau
Anri Sala

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).
8 King Street, St. James's
London SW1Y 6QT

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