Auction Preview: First Open LDN, September 25, 2014 @Christie’s South Kensington

The second part of Christie’s pairing of First Open sales (in London, on the 25th) has slightly more photographic material than its New York sibling, but the offerings are more eclectic and of lesser overall value. 5 prints from Wolfgang Tillmans are the largest cluster, with secondary images by Barbara Kruger and Gerhard Richter leading the way. Overall, there are a total of 35 lots of photography available across the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £247600.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 18
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £55600
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 15
Total Mid Estimate £132000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 2
Total High Estimate £60000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 29, Gerhard Richter, MV.52, 2011, and lot 102, Barbara Kruger, Face It (Magenta), 2007 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), both estimated at £20000-300000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Wolfgang Tillmans 5
Mona Hatoum 2

Other lots of interest include lot 149, Farhad Moshiri, Shoot First, Make Friends Later, 2005, estimated at £3000-5000 (image above, left, via Christie’s) and lot 3, Sam Falls, Untitled, 2012, estimated at £3000-5000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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