Sotheby’s has taken a broad based approach to its Paris Photo sale, hoping to attract a wide range of potential buyers. Led by a Diane Arbus identical twins print, there are clusters of work by Erwin Blumenfeld and Heinz Hajek-Halke for the vintage collectors, balanced by selections from Helmut Newton and Nick Brandt for the glamour minded. A large group of photographic studies by the Spanish muralist José María Sert add a dose of the unexpected. Overall, there are a total of 135 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €2666000.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500)||50|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||€301000|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000)||73|
|Total Mid Estimate||€1180000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000)||12|
|Total High Estimate||€1185000|
The top lot by High estimate is lot 96, Diane Arbus, Identical Twins, Cathleen and Colleen, Roselle, New Jersey, 1967, estimated at €200000-300000.
Here’s the complete list of photographers with three or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:
|Multiple Lots For Sale|
|José María Sert||23|
Other lots of interest include (images above, via Sotheby’s):
Lot 47, José María Sert, Etude Pour “La Calvaire” la Danse de la Mort, 1939-1945, estimated at €8000-12000
Lot 60, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Speigelakt (Nu en Miroir), 1933, estimated at €15000-25000
Lot 71, Erwin Blumenfeld, Marua Motherwell (Solarise), New York, 1941, estimated at €35000-55000
Lot 98, Richard Avedon, Edward Roop, Coal Miner, Paonia, Colorado, 1979/1985, estimated at €70000-100000
Lot 114, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wasserturme (Trichter), 1972, estimated at €60000-80000
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.