Auction Preview: Classic Photographs & Photobooks, December 12, 2013 @Swann

Swann ends the auction year for photography with a combo photographs and photobooks sale later this week in New York. It brings together an eclectic selection of material, from Kennedy assassination images, to spiritualist photos and police mug shots. Overall, there are a total of 274 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $1587600.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 247
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1122600
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 27
Total Mid Estimate $465000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 0
Total High Estimate NA

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 150, Ansel Adams, Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, 1960/1980, and lot 265, Adam Fuss, Untitled, 1997 (image above, left, via Swann), both estimated at $25000-35000.

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 13
Edward Weston 10
Harry Callahan 8
Berenice Abbott 7
(Crime) 7
Lewis Hine 7
O. Winston Link 7
Henri Cartier-Bresson 6
Ruth Bernhard 5
Walker Evans 5
Andy Warhol 5

Other lots of interest include lot 47, Pierre Dubreuil, Des Tommets de la Cathedral d’Anvers, 1925, estimated at $7000-10000 (image above, middle via Swann), and lot 129, Harry Callahan, Bush in Snow, Downer’s Grove, 1948/1950s, estimated at $8000-12000 (image above, right, via Swann).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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