Auction Preview: Contemporary Curated, March 15, 2016 @Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s London version of its lower end Contemporary Curated sale is on the calendar for next week, and it’s a mixed bag in terms of photography. A handful of better known names are offset by a number of low priced obscurities, perhaps a sign of a sale trying to understand its buyers. Overall, there are a total of 33 lots of photography available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £325100.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 16
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £40100
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 12
Total Mid Estimate £110000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 5
Total High Estimate £175000

The top photography lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 58, Thomas Ruff, Substrat 29 III, 2006, and lot 108, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Water Towers, 1966-1973, both estimated at £30000-40000 (images above, via Sotheby’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Matthew Barney 2
Elad Lassry 2
Gerhard Richter 2

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

Lot 95, Tom Hunter, Woman Reading a Possession Order, 1997, estimated at £4000-6000

Lot 173, Sol LeWitt, R601 PHOTO OF FLORENCE WITH THE STAZIONE CENTRALE, PALAZZO PITTI, BATTISTERO & PALAZZO VECCHIO REMOVED, 1976, estimated at £4000-6000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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