The new year of auction activity begins at Sotheby’s in London the second week of February with Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales. While Sotheby’s has the most photographic value on offer of the three houses this season, it’s generally a weaker gathering of material than in prior years. Overall, there are a total of 29 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £1302000.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000)||6|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||£16000|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000)||16|
|Total Mid Estimate||£226000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000)||7|
|Total High Estimate||£1060000|
The top lot by High estimate is lot 64, Andreas Gursky, Kathedrale I, 2007, estimated at £400000-600000 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s).
Here’s the list of photographers with two or more lots in the sales, along with the number of lots on offer:
|Multiple Lots For Sale|
Other lots of interest include lot 355, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #419, 2004, estimated at £120000-180000 (image above, middle, via Sotheby’s), and lot 440, Louise Lawler, Soixant Huite/Quatre Vingt Trois, 2007, estimated at £15000-20000 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s).