Auction Preview: Photographs, November 10, 2009 @Bloomsbury London

Bloomsbury’s upcoming London Photographs sale is a lower end mix of mostly lesser known vintage material, with a handful of photo books thrown in for good measure. While there are very few stand out contemporary works on offer, there will almost certainly be some bargains to be found here (the vast majority of lots have a high estimate of £2000 or lower). There are a total of 239 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of £470500. (Catalog cover at right, via Bloomsbury.)

Here’s the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 225
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £324500

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 13
Total Mid Estimate: £118000

Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 1
Total High Estimate: £28000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 230, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mediterranean Sea, Crete, 1990, at £22000-28000.

Here is a short list of the eclectic group of photographers who are represented by four or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Willy Ronis (10)
Osvaldo Salas (9)
Elliot Erwitt (6)
Thurston Hopkins (5)
Bob Willoughby (5)
Jack Eden (4)
Cornel Lucas (4)
Steve Pyke (4)
Chris Steele-Perkins (4)
Antanas Sutkus (4)

While this sale doesn’t have too many works that fit well with our collection, the cover image, lot 222 Irving Penn, Lily Melridge, New York, 1971/2007, would certainly match nicely with our other florals.

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here. A 3D version is also available.

November 10th

Bloomsbury Auctions
24 Maddox Street
London WS1 1PP

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