Auction Preview: First Open, September 26, 2013 @Christie’s

Christie’s has snuck a big ticket Andreas Gursky diptych into its early season First Open sale next week, bringing a little excitement to the beginning of the auction season for photography. In addition to the Gursky, a handful of Nan Goldin prints keep things interesting. Overall, there are a total of 67 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2519000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 26
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $177000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 30
Total Mid Estimate $772000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 4
Total High Estimate $1570000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 138, Andreas Gursky, Pyongyang II, 2007, estimated at $800000-1200000 (image above, left, via Christie’s).

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
Vik Muniz 5
Gregopry Crwedson 3
Barbara Kruger 3
Jackie Nickerson 3
Hiroshi Sugimoto 3

Other lots of interest include lot 137, Thomas Struth, Restorers in San Lorenzo Maggiore, Naples 1988, 1989, estimated at $120000-180000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s) and lot 363, Doug Aitken, Two Second Separation, 2000, estimated at $30000-40000 (image above, right, via Christie’s)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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