Auction Preview: Photographs, October 15, 2009 @Phillips London

For some reason, Phillips has decided against a spot in line with the rest of the auction houses in New York this season, and scheduled a various owner photographs sale in London a week later. This sale is a mixed bag of material, tilted as usual toward the contemporary, with additional installments of Mapplethorpe prints from Lisa Lyon, vintage Japanese work from the Jacobsen/Hashimoto collection, and a handful of fresh works from the Humble Arts Foundation. There are a total of 180 lots on offer, with a total high estimate of £1283600.

Here’s the breakdown:
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000): 87
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): £268600
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000): 86
Total Mid Estimate: £715000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000): 7
Total High Estimate: £300000
The top lot by High estimate is lot 131, Irving Penn, Girl behind glass (Jean Pacthett), New York, 1949, at £50000-70000.
Here’s the list of photographers with at least 3 images in the sale (with the number of lots on offer in parentheses):
Robert Mapplethorpe (8)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (8)
Iwao Yamawaki (8)
Nobuyoshi Araki (5)
Shikanosuke Yagaki (5)
Rene Burri (4)
Horst P. Horst (4)
Farhad Moshiri & Shirin Aliabadi (4)
Lillian Bassman (3)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (3)
Helmut Newton (3)
Koyo Okada (3)
Norman Parkinson (3)
Sebastiao Salgado (3)
Chris Steele-Perkins (3)
Minayohsi Takada (3)
While there weren’t too many great fits for our collection in this sale, we did like:
Lot 108 Susan Derges, River Taw (Crab Apple), 13 May 1998
Lot 146 Reem Al Faisal, Untitled from Jeddah Port, 1995
Lot 152 Hiroshi Sugimoto, Honen Dam, 2001
Lot 165 Iwao Yamawaki, View from a lookout tower, 1932 (at right)
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.
October 15th
Howick Place
London SW1P 1BB

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