Auction Preview: Fine Photographs: Icons & Images, October 17, 2014 @Swann

Swann’s various owner Fine Photographs sale is coming up later this week in New York, and it’s a thicker selection than usual of the auction house’s signature mix of low to mid range material. Led by portfolios and multi-print sets from DeCarava, Kertész, Meatyard, 19th century Brazil, and Andrew Gardner’s Civil War, the sale offers a satisfyingly diverse gathering of work to sift through. Overall, there are a total of 334 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2557000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 280
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1463000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 52
Total Mid Estimate $959000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 2
Total High Estimate $135000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 205, Roy DeCarava, Portfolio entitled Roy DeCarava (12 photogravures), 1950-1979/1991, estimated at $50000-75000 (image above, middle, via Swann).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Eugène Atget 8
André Kertész 8
Margaret Bourke-White 7
Harry Callahan 7
Edward Weston 7
Ansel Adams 6
Manuel Alvarez Bravo 6
Horst P. Horst 6
George Platt Lynes 6
Eugene Smith 6
Josef Sudek 6

Other lots of interest include lot 91, Margaret Bourke-White, Union Station Tower, Cleveland, 1933, estimated at $12000-18000 (image above, left, via Swann),  and lot 229, Josef Koudelka, Jarabina, Slovakia, 1963/1980s, estimated at $14000-18000 (image above, right, via Swann).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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