Auction Preview: Fine Photographs, February 19, 2015 @Swann

Swann’s early season offering gathers together a diverse array of photographic material, highlighted by an eclectic selection of Edward Kelty’s 1930s circus/clown images (including an X-ray of the sword swallower). Fans of the current Thomas Walther collection show on view at the MoMA will likely revel in the early 1930s François Kollar double image of the Eiffel Tower. Overall, there are a total of 173 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $1601900.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 131
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $683900
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 40
Total Mid Estimate $753000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 2
Total High Estimate $165000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 146, Helmut Newton, Portrait of Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, 1976, estimated at $70000-100000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Edward Kelty 9
Ansel Adams 6
Ruth Bernhard 5
Harry Callahan 5
André Kertész 5
Eadweard Muybridge 5
Sebastião Salgado 5
Brett Weston 5

Other lots of interest include lot 53, François Kollar, Double Impression of the Eiffel Tower, 1931, estimated at $10000-15000 (image above, left, via Swann), lot 162, Barbara Kasten, Construct III-C, 1980, estimated at $3500-4500 (image above, middle, via Swann), and lot 45, Margaret Bourke-White, Terminal Tower (Cleveland), 1928, estimated at $6000-9000 (image above, right, via Swann).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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