Auction Preview: First Open NYC, September 23, 2014 @Christie’s

Christie’s begins its Fall season with a double shot pairing of First Open sales, one in New York and one in London. The New York sale hits the usual bold faced names, but the photo material is generally middle of the road, tailored for getting back in the groove. Overall, there are a total of 28 lots of photography available across the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $886000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 6
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $48000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 20
Total Mid Estimate $578000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 2
Total High Estimate $260000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 41, Richard Prince, Untitled (Mixed Couples), 1977-1978, estimated at $150000-200000.

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
Andreas Gursky 2
Vik Muniz 2
Cindy Sherman 2
Hiroshi Sugimoto 2
Andy Warhol 2

Other lots of interest include lot 198, Michele Abeles, Arm, Plant, Bottles, Wood, 2011, estimated at $6000-8000 (image above, left, via Christie’s), lot 248, Gerhard Richter, Onkel Rudi, 2000, estimated at $20000-30000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 26, Marina Abramovic, Lips of Thomas, 1975-2005, estimated at $25000-35000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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