Auction Preview: First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art NY, September 28, 2016 @Christie’s

Christie’s gets its fall season going next week with a paired set of First Open sales in New York and London, along with a variety of similarly branded online auctions run in parallel. In New York, an unusually pricey (for this kind of mid-range sale) Richard Prince cowboy leads the way, followed by a more standard selection of bold faced photography names. Overall, there are a total of 44 lots of photography available across the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $2310200.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 15
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $80200
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 24
Total Mid Estimate $700000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 5
Total High Estimate $1530000

The top photographic lot by High estimate is lot 202, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1999, estimated at $800000-1200000. (image above, via Christie’s)

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Richard Prince 6
Gregory Crewdson 2
Rineke Dijkstra 2
Thomas Ruff 2
Wolfgang Tillmans 2
Ruud van Empel 2
Christopher Williams 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 208, Catherine Opie, Untitled #11 (Icehouses), 2001, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 342, Christopher Williams, Linhof Technika V fabricated in Munich, Germany. Salon Studio Stand fabricated in Florence, Italy. Dual cable release. Prontor shutter. Symar-s lens 150mmm/f 5.6 Schneider kreuznach. Sinar fresnel lens placed with black tape on the ground glass. (Yellow) Dirk Sharper Studio, Berlin, June 19, 2007, 2008, estimated at $30000-40000

Lot 375, Rineke Dijkstra, Odessa, Ukraine, August 10, 1993, 2001, estimated at $7000-10000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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