Auction Preview: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, February 10 and 11, 2016 @Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s bats second in the upcoming Contemporary Art season in London, with its Evening and Day auctions next week. It’s a parade of familiar names and faces – a Sherman untitled film still, a Prince cowboy etc. – but in relatively muted and lesser known versions. Ai Weiwei’s boldly reckless Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn leads the way. Overall, there are a total of 26 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £1385000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £5000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 8
Total Mid Estimate £105000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 17
Total High Estimate £1275000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 42, Ai Weiwei, Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995-2004, estimated at £150000-200000 (image above, via Sotheby’s).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with two or more lots in the sales, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
CIndy Sherman 3
John Baldessari 2
Gilbert & George 2
Richard Prince 2
Gerhard Richter 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Sotheby’s):

Lot 172, John Baldessari, Tree, Hand, Chair, 1988, estimated at £40000-60000

Lot 173, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #56, 1980, estimated at £40000-60000

Lot 178, Barbara Kruger, Untitled (We Are Notifying You of a Change of Address), 1982-1986, estimated at £20000-30000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

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