While a complete set of Bert Stern’s famous Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe leads WestLicht’s upcoming photography auction in Vienna, it’s the few photobooks that are mixed in with the photographs that are worth searching out. Rare books from Bellmer, Drtikol, Krull, Renger-Patzsch and others dot the sale, seamlessly woven together with prints (the way they should be – as opposed to the normal practice of setting them apart in a separate section). Otherwise, it’s a sale mostly filled with 20th century black and white work. Overall, there are a total of 211 lots on offer in this auction, with a Total High Estimate of €1008200.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500)||191|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||€540200|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000)||18|
|Total Mid Estimate||€298000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000)||2|
|Total High Estimate||€170000|
The top lot by High estimate is lot 166, Bert Stern, The Last Sitting – A comprehensive collection of photographs, Los Angeles, 1962/1980s and 1992, estimated at €100000-120000 (image above, via WestLicht).
Here’s the complete list of photographers with four or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:
|Multiple Lots For Sale|
|Horst P. Horst||4|
Other lots of interest include (images above, via WestLicht):
Lot 21, Frantisek Drtikol, ‘Žena ve světl’ (Woman in Light), E. Beaufort, Prague, 1930, estimated at €12000-14000
Lot 22, Anton Josef Trčka, ‘Aktstudie XI’, Vienna, 1926, estimated at €20000-25000
Lot 34, Germaine Krull, ‘Der Akt – Zwanzig photographische Aufnahmen weiblicher Körper nach der Natur’ (The Nude Study – Twenty photographs of the female body taken after nature), Einhorn-Verlag, Dachau, 1918, estimated at €12000-14000
Lot 40, Hans Bellmer, ‘La Poupée’ (The Doll), Editions G.L.M., Paris, 1936, estimated at €30000-35000
Lot 66, Albert Renger-Patzsch, ‘Eisen und Stahl’ (Iron and Steel), Verlag Hermann Reckendorf, Berlin, 1931, estimated at €5000-6000
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.