Thursday, September 9, 2010

Auction: Post-War and Contemporary Art, September 16, 2010 @Christie's South Kensington

The upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art sale at Christie's South Kensington office in London marks the opening of the second half of the auction year for photography, and can be thought of as a warm-up for the heavier action which will take place later in October and November. Mixed in with works from a variety of other mediums, there are a total of 46 lots of photography on offer in this auction, with a Total High Estimate of £337700.

Here's the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 27
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £83700
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 16
Total Mid Estimate: £144000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 3
Total High Estimate: £110000
The top lot by High estimate is lot 160, David LaChapelle, Deluge: Museum, 2007, at £35000-45000. (Image at right, top, via Christie's.) The next highest lot by High estimate is lot 14, Thomas Ruff, m. d. p. n. 28, 2003, at £25000-35000. (Image at right, via Christie's.)

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

Nobuyoshi Araki (6)
Garry Fabian Miller (3)
Cindy Sherman (3)
Richard Artschwager (2)
Zarina Bhimji (2)
John Coplans (2)
Elger Esser (2)
Robert Mapplethorpe (2)
Thomas Ruff (2)
Andy Warhol (2)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. The eCatalogue is located here.

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