Auction Preview: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, May 8 and 10, 2016 @Phillips

Phillips kicks off the New York spring auction season for Contemporary Art with its Evening and Day sales on May 8 and 10. Led by a Cindy Sherman film still, the photography offerings tend toward the usual suspects, with works by Richard Prince, John Baldessari, and Vik Muniz all in prominent attendance. Overall, there are a total of 24 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2679000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $0
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 11
Total Mid Estimate $329000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 13
Total High Estimate $2350000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 10, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #5A, 1977, estimated at $500000-700000 (image above, via Phillips).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with two or more lots in the sales, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Vik Muniz 4
Richard Prince 3
Paul McCarthy 2
Cindy Sherman 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Phillips):

Lot 122, John Baldessari, The Intersection Series: Person Playing Poker/Beach Scene, 2002, estimated at $280000-350000

Lot 132, Richard Prince, Untitled (Massage), 1980-1981, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 217, Paul McCarthy, Pink Clown (from PROPO series), 1991/2008, estimated at $50000-70000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

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