Auction Preview: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, June 28 and 29, 2016 @Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s photography offerings in its upcoming Contemporary Art sales in London are decidedly thin. With only 17 total photographs available across the two sales (with a Total High Estimate for photography of £844000) and none in the Evening sale, it’s a small group to be sure. A Cory Arcangel Photoshop gradient holds top honors.

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) £3000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 8
Total Mid Estimate £116000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 8
Total High Estimate £725000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 167, Cory Archangel, PHOTOSHOP CS: 84 BY 66 INCHES, 300 DPI, RGB, SQUARE PIXELS, DEFAULT GRADIENT “BLUE, RED, YELLOW,” MOUSEDOWN Y=18200 X=1350, MOUSEUP Y=23400 X=18250, 2010, 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
Gerhard Richter 3
Hiroshi Sugimoto 3
Wolfgang Tillmans 2

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

Lot 221, Anselm Kiefer, Cosmos + Demian, 2004, estimated at £100000-150000

Lot 242, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Secrets in the Open Sea, Plate #20, 1994-2004, estimated at £8000-12000

Lot 251, Hiroshi Sugimoto, In Praise of Shadow, 1998, estimated at £60000-80000

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

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