Auction Preview: First Open, September 15, 2017 @Christie’s London

The upcoming First Open sale at Christie’s in London offers a meager gathering of photography. These early season, lower end mixed contemporary art sales are always an eclectic mix, but this particular session is lighter than usual on notable photographs. The sale is led by a secondary Gilbert & George and filled in with images by Twombly, Dibbets, Abramovic, and others. Overall, there are a total of 15 lots of photography available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £215000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 4
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £14000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 9
Total Mid Estimate £121000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 2
Total High Estimate £80000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 76, Gilbert & George, Holy Piss, 1996, estimated at £35000-45000 (image above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Cy Twombly 2

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

Lot 15, Cy Twombly, Lemon, Gaeta, 2008, estimated at £8000-12000

Lot 56, Marina Abramovic, Balkan Baroque I, 1997, estimated at £10000-15000

Lot 155, Oscar Tuazon, Untitled, 2012, estimated at £5000-7000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Read more about: Cy Twombly, Gilbert and George, Marina Abramović, Oscar Tuazon, Christie's

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