Auction Preview: Fine Photographs & Photobooks, October 17, 2013 @Swann

As usual, Swann’s various owner photographs and photobooks sale later this week brings in a different slice of material than is normally found at the three major auction houses. Albums and single image crime photographs (mug shots, crimes scenes etc.) lead the way, along with a variety of 19th century and vernacular works. There are no lots in the High estimate category (above $50000), so there is plenty of lower priced material to choose from. Overall, there are a total of 252 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2147300.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 200
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1176300
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 52
Total Mid Estimate $971000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 0
Total High Estimate $0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 20, Robert Turnbull Macpherson, Roma album, 1860, estimated at $30000-45000 (image above, left, via Swann) and lot 153, Irving Penn, Cuzco Children, Cuzco, 1948/1949, estimated at $35000-45000.

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
Ansel Adams 10
Edward Curtis 9
Bill Brandt 7
Henri Cartier-Bresson 7
Ruth Bernhard 6
Brassai 6
Walker Evans 6
Berenice Abbott 5
O. Winston Link 5
Aaron Siskind 5
Brett Weston 5
Edward Weston 5

Other lots of interest include lot 19, William Henry Jackson, Album of half stereoviews, 1870-1885, estimated at $20000-30000 (image above, middle, via Swann), and lot 18, Alexander Gardner, 4 photographs depicting the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, 1865, estimated at $20000-30000 (image above, right, via Swann).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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