Auction Preview: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, October 17 and 18, 2014 @Sotheby’s London

The Fall Contemporary Art season in London wraps up at the end of next week with Evening and Day sales at Sotheby’s. Photography-wise, the top offerings are in the better-than-average category, with solid examples from Baldessari, Gursky, and Prince. From there, things tail off a bit and generally return to the mean. Overall, there are a total of 36 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £2168500.

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) £4000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 22
Total Mid Estimate £274500
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 13
Total High Estimate £1890000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 33, John Baldessari, Voided Person with Guns at Head (Flanked by Confrontations), 1990 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s), and lot 154, Andreas Gursky, Jumeirah Palm, 2008 (image above, middle, via Sotheby’s), both estimated at £300000-400000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Shirin Neshat 3
Richard Prince 3
Andreas Gursky 2
Elad Lassry 2
Cindy Sherman 2

Other lots of interest include lot 43, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1987, estimated at £180000-250000 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s).

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

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