Auction Preview: Fine Photographs & The Library of Bill Diodato, February 27, 2014 @Swann

Swann’s early season entry brings together a various owner selection of photographs and a single owner sale of photographs and photobooks from the library of Bill Diodato. The photobook offerings are particularly tempting, with a wide gathering of signed classics on offer. Overall, there are a total of 269 lots available (105 photographs/164 photobooks), with a Total High Estimate of $1411850.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 240
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $760850
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 28
Total Mid Estimate $501000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 1
Total High Estimate $150000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 95, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Industrial Facades (12 prints), 1978, estimated at $100000-150000.

Here’s the complete list of photographers with five or more lots (photos and/or books) in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Andre Kertesz 7
Ansel Adams 6
Richard Avedon 6
Wiliam Klein 6
Sally Mann 6
Duane Michals 6
Aaron Siskind 5

Other lots of interest include lot 37, Margaret Bourke-White, Generators, 1935, estimated at $7000-10000 (image above, left, via Swann), lot 77, Ray Metzker, Pictus Interruptus: Philadelphia Spring Tingle, 1980/1984, estimated at $6000-8000 (image above, middle, via Swann), and lot 28, Andre Kertesz, Paris Rooftops, 1927/1930s-1950s, estimated at $7000-10000 (image above, right, via Swann).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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  1. Pete /

    That catalog of his collection is a joy to look through

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