Auction Preview: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, November 13 and 14, 2013 @Sotheby’s

The photography offerings in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sales next week touch most of the usual suspects, but generally omit the very top end of the market. Like Phillips, there are no photographs in the Evening sale, and the meat of the photography is clustered in the $50-150K range. Overall, there are a total of 34 photography lots available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $3480000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $0
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 10
Total Mid Estimate $310000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 24
Total High Estimate $3170000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 510, Jeff Wall, Figures on a Sidewalk, 2008, estimated at $300000-500000 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Vik Muniz 4

Other lots of interest include lot 468, John Baldessari, Boat (Green) with Two Observers, 1991, estimated at $180000-250000 (image above, middle, via Sotheby’s), and lot 552, Rodney Graham, Main Street Tree, 2006, estimated at $100000-150000 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s).

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

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