Auction Preview: Contemporary Curated, November 21, 2017 @Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated sale in London just before Thanksgiving gathers together an eclectic group of lower end photography. With no lots in the top price tier, the headlining duties fall to a Paul McCarthy still life. From there, the auction takes erratic stops here and there, all the way down to estimates less than £1000, with a few fresher names woven in to provide interest. Overall, there are a total of 48 lots of photography available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £321000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 25
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £59000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 23
Total Mid Estimate £262000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 0
Total High Estimate £0

The top photography lot by High estimate lot 138, Paul McCarthy, Fred Flintstone (from the Propo series), 1992, estimated at £18000-25000 (image 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
William Eggleston 2
Roe Ethridge 2
Gerhard Richter 2
Hiroshi Sugimoto 2
Wolfgang Tillmans 2

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

Lot 3, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lutz, Alex, Susanne & Christoph on the Beach (Orange), 1993/2008, estimated at £10000-15000

Lot 117, Annette Kelm, Friendly Tournament 1-4, 2006, estimated at £10000-15000

Lot 121, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Empire State Building, 1997, estimated at £8000-12000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Read more about: Annette Kelm, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Paul McCarthy, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sotheby's

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