Phillips begins the 2013 Spring auction season for photography with a two session, single owner sale drawn from the collection of Dr. Anthony Terrana. It’s a broad selection, covering both well known names and more recent contemporary work, with a strong group of 20th century icons from the likes of Stieglitz, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Weston, and Moholy-Nagy at its core. All in, there are a total of 165 photographs on offer, with a total High estimate of $5400000. As a side note, while flipping through the catalog, I noticed a repeated pattern – an impressive 76 of the available lots came into Terrana’s collection via the Robert Klein Gallery.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000)||78|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||$533000|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000)||64|
|Total Mid Estimate||$1452000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000)||23|
|Total High Estimate||$3415000|
The top lot by High estimate is tied between lot 12, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1919 (image at right, top, via Phillips), and lot 19, Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1950, both estimated at $300000-500000.
Here’s the list of photographers represented by three or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):
Robert Frank (4)
Sally Mann (4)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (3)
Pieter Hugo (3)
Abelardo Morell (3)
Vik Muniz (3)
Edward Steichen (3)
Alfred Stieglitz (3)
Other works of interest include lot 22, Paul Strand, Venice, Italy, 1911, estimated at $180000-220000 (image at right middle, via Phillips), and lot 21, Charles Sheeler, Chartres-Flying Buttresses at the Crossing, 1929, estimated at $50000-70000 (image at right, bottom, via Phillips).
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.