Auction Preview: Back to Black: Photographies, November 13, 2015 @Sotheby’s Paris

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:

Preview Statistics
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
Erwin Blumenfeld 10
Nick Brandt 6
Heinz Hajek-Halke 6
Cestmir Kratky 5
Helmut Newton 5
Sebastião Salgado 5
Irving Penn 4
Thomas Struth 4
Ansel Adams 3
Constantin Brancusi 3

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.

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