Auction Preview: Jeanloup Sieff Photographies, Collection Gert Elfering, June 30, 2010 @Christie’s Paris

Before the summer season fully kicks in, Christie’s has one last single owner/single photographer sale scheduled for later this week in Paris. The sale contains a selection of works by the French photographer Jeanloup Sieff, taken from the broad collection of Gert Elfering. The auction mixes nudes, fashion photography, portraits, and other subjects. While most of the works were made in the 1960s, the sale spans much of Sieff’s long career. Overall, there are a total of 67 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of 461000€. (Catalog cover at right, via Christie’s.)

Here’s the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 54
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 293000€
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 13
Total Mid Estimate: 168000€
Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 0
Total High Estimate: NA
The top lot by High estimate is tied between four lots, all estimated at 10000-15000€:
  • Lot 9, Jeanloup Sieff, Hommage à Seurat (variant), New York, 1965
  • Lot 12, Jeanloup Sieff, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1974
  • Lot 16, Jeanloup Sieff, Grès #160, Harper’s Bazaar, 1964 (image at right, via Christie’s)
  • Lot 67, Jeanloup Sieff, Corset, New York, 1962
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. The eCatalogue is located here.
Jeanloup Sieff Photographies, Collection Gert Elfering
June 30th
9 Avenue Matignon
75008 Paris

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