Auction Preview: Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks, February 25, 2016 @Swann

The upcoming photography sale at Swann Galleries traverses three separate collecting pathways, from fine photographs to vernacular imagery and photobooks. Led by a mural-sized Ansel Adams Moonrise, the largely black and white material on offer is punctuated by key images from Dorothea Lange, Lewis Hine, André Kertész, and others. Overall, there are a total of 268 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2147900.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 231
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1030900
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 35
Total Mid Estimate $757000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 2
Total High Estimate $360000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 99, Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941/early or mid 1950s, estimated at $200000-300000. (image above, via Swann)

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Ansel Adams 9
Edward Curtis 8
Camera Work 6
Henri Cartier-Bresson 6
Ruth Bernhard 5
Harry Callahan 5
André Kertész 5
O. Winston Link 5

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

Lot 37, Lewis Hine, Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, 1908/1920s, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 65, Dorothea Lange, The General Strike, Policeman, 1934, estimated at $40000-60000

Lot 76, Lewis Hine, Construction worker standing on an I-beam pulling a rope, Empire State Building, 1931, estimated at $20000-25000

Lot 120, Mike Mandel, Baseball Photographer Trading Cards, 1975, estimated at $2500-3500

Lot 156, André Kertész, Washington Square, Winter, 1954/1960s, estimated at $20000-25000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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