Auction Preview: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected by James Danziger, May 22, 2015 @Christie’s London

Christie’s upcoming photography auction in London next week is puzzlingly weak. The images were drawn from the personal and gallery collections of gallerist James Danziger, but the available lots feel more like the emptying out of unsold inventory rather than a carefully edited point of view. The sale is headlined by a Gustave Le Gray seascape, but most of the lots travel the pathways of recent shows in Danziger’s New York space, with a noticeable weight on fashion and glamour. Overall, there are 103 photography lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £841800.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 43
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £164800
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 57
Total Mid Estimate £557000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 3
Total High Estimate £120000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 86, Gustave Le Gray, Brig on the Water, 1856, estimated at £30000-50000. (Image above, via Christie’s.)

Here is the list of photographers with four or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Andy Warhol 8
Edward Weston 7
Henri Cartier-Bresson 4

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 75, Seydou Keita, Untitled, 1959/1998, estimated at £6000-8000

Lot 77, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Mkpuk Eba, 1974/2013, estimated at £4000-6000

Lot 80, Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, 1980, estimated at £10000-15000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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