Auction Preview: NOW, March 6, 2010 @Phillips New York

Phillips begins its 2010 series of themed sales this coming weekend with a grouping of generally lower end and lesser known works gathered under the umbrella of “NOW: Art of the 21st Century”. Out of a total of 284 lots on offer, there are 80 lots of photography mixed in, with a total High estimate for photography of $569900. (Catalog cover at right, via Phillips.)

Here’s the statistical breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000): 66
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): $276900
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000): 14
Total Mid Estimate: $293000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000): 0
Total High Estimate: NA
The top lots by High estimate are lot 205, Olafur Eliasson, Nine Works: Landscapes, 1995 (image at right, via Phillips), and lot 158, Paul Pfeiffer, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 10, 2004, 2004, both at $30000-40000.
The following is the eclectic list of the photographers represented by more than one lot in this sale:
Vik Muniz (5)
Nobuyoshi Araki (4)
Regina Deluise (4)
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison (4)
Gregory Crewdson (3)
Carlos Amorales (2)
David Drebin (2)
Naomi Harris (2)
Kim Joon (2)
Marilyn Minter (2)
While there aren’t too many great fits for our collection in this sale, I do like the graphic simplicity of lot 32, Götz Diergarten, Ravenoville LXII, 2000, at $2500-3500. (Image at right, via Phillips)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.
Phillips De Pury & Company
450 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

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