Auction Preview: First Open, March 6, 2014 @Christie’s

Christie’s is up first with its Armory week Contemporary Art offerings later this week, bringing the largest number of photographs to market of the three main houses. Mid range Cindy Shermans on the top end and low priced Nan Goldins on the bottom bookend the sale, with an eclectic mix in between. Overall, there are a total of 58 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $1304000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 24
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $150000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 27
Total Mid Estimate $554000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 7
Total High Estimate $600000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 129, John Baldessari, Sphinx and Cigarette (with Two Answers) – Version 2, 1997, estimated at $80000-120000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Nan Goldin 6
Cindy Sherman 5
Douglas Gordon 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4
Gregory Crewdson 3
Vik Muniz 3
Piotr Uklanski 3

Other lots of interest include lot 128, Bruce Nauman, Vino Rosso, 1987, estimated at $10000-15000 (image above, left, via Christie’s), lot 136, Uta Barth, Field#12, 1995, estimated at $4000-6000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 166, Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2000, estimated at $30000-40000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Uta Barth, Christie's

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