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

The upcoming photography sale Swann hits the auction house’s typical categories (fine photographs, vernacular photographs, and Photobooks), but with a bit more volume and a few more top consignments than usual. Led by a classic Robert Frank image from The Americans, the sale is peppered with solid works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Dorothea Lange, and others, with plenty of lower priced material to dig through. Overall, there are a total of 419 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $2568850.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 376
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1496850
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 39
Total Mid Estimate $787000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 4
Total High Estimate $285000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 250, Robert Frank, Political Rally, Chicago, 1956/1970s, estimated at $60000-90000 (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
Edward Curtis 11
Ansel Adams 10
André Kertész 9
Berenice Abbott 7
Harry Callahan 7
Robert Frank 7
O. Winston Link 7
Alfred Stieglitz 7
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Dorothea Lange 5
George Platt Lynes 5

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

Lot 37, Thomas Eakins, Series of 7 photographs from the Naked Series, 1883, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 38, Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, 1866, estimated at $50000-75000

Lot 101, Martin Chambi, Cuzco, Peru (50 prints), 1920s, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 107, Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, 1933/1960s, estimated at $30000-45000

Lot 145, Ralston Crawford, Bridge/Buffalo Grain Elevator, 1942-1970, estimated at $4000-6000

Lot 413, Ed Ruscha, Group of 14 titles, 1963-1978, estimated at $20000-30000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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