Auction Preview: Contemporary Art, June 29, 2009 @Phillips London

Phillips is up second in the London Contemporary Art parade, with Day and Evening sales scheduled for the 29th. (Evening catalog cover at right.) Together, the two sales have a total of 35 photography lots on offer, with a total high estimate of £1283500. As usual, Phillips has a more mixed bag of fresh material, with lesser known Arab/Iranian and Chinese photography as highlights beyond the usual suspects.

Given the small number of lots, here is the complete list of photographers represented in the sales, with the number of works available in parentheses:
Philip-Lorca DiCorcia (1)
Lalla Essaydi (2)
Adam Fuss (1)
Andreas Gursky (1)
Ramin Haerizadeh (2)
Candida Hofer (1)
Roni Horn (1)
Axel Hutte (1)
Jiang Zhi (1)
Micha Klein (1)
Ola Kolehmainen (2)
Florian MaierAichen (1)
Mario Merz (1)
Farhad Moshiri and Shirin Aliabadi (1)
Vik Muniz (1)
Youssef Nabil (1)
Shirin Neshat (1)
Richard Prince (2)
Marc Quinn (1)
Sam Samore (1)
Thomas Struth (1)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (2)
Larry Sultan (1)
Sam Taylor-Wood (1)
Sadegh Tirakfan (1)
Hellen Van Meene (1)
James Welling (1)
Weng Fen (1)
Zhang Peng (1)
Zhang Xiaogang (1)
Here’s the breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 5
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £19500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 24
Total Mid Estimate: £234000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 6
Total High Estimate: £1030000
The top lot by High estimate (across the two sales) is lot 12, Richard Prince, Spiritual America IV, 2005, at £400000-600000.
For our collection, we can imagine potentially adding lot 227, Ola Kolehmainen, Untitled (No. 14), 2005, although it is far too large for our display space. We also liked the Sugimoto theaters, the Fuss photogram and the Youssef Nabil female body.
The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day). (Day catalog cover at right.)
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