Auction Preview: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, November 9 and 10, 2015 @Phillips

Phillips has rebranded its contemporary sales to add the words “20th Century”, thereby moving back its start date cut off to the late 1920s. While this may change the consignments on the painting and sculpture side, the only difference photographically seems to have been the addition of a tightly curated selection of vintage Japanese photographs (some from the 1960s and 1970s) which we wouldn’t normally expect to see in this sale. Otherwise, the upcoming sales in New York follow the normal pathways, with a Cindy Sherman film still as the photographic headliner. Overall, there are a total of 37 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $2439000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 6
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $41000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 23
Total Mid Estimate $478000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 8
Total High Estimate $1920000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 8, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still (#36), 1979, estimated at $600000-800000 (image above, via Phillips).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
David LaChapelle 3
Roe Ethridge 2
Masahisa Fukase 2
Miyako Ishiuchi 2
Daido Moriyama 2
Gerhard Richter 2
Thomas Ruff 2
Cindy Sherman 2
Thomas Struth 2
Ines van Lamswerde & Vinoodh Matadin 2

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

Lot 194, Shomei Tomatsu, Untitled (Yokosuka), 1966/1974, estimated at $15000-20000

Lot 196, Masahisa Fukase, Kanazawa (SP-025), 1977, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 213, Roe Ethridge, Leelee, 2010, estimated at $8000-12000

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

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