Auction Preview: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century, December 12, 2017 @Phillips

Phillips has a large single artist sale of the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson organized for next week in New York. Drawn from the collection of gallery owner Peter Fetterman, the auction features a wide range of later prints, including many of the photographer’s best known images from France, Italy, Spain, India, and elsewhere. Overall, there are a total of 120 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $1325000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 63
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $495000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 57
Total Mid Estimate $830000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 0
Total High Estimate $0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 2, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1952/later, and lot 91, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bolshoi Ballet School, Moscow, USSR, 1954/later, both estimated at $15000-25000 (images above, via Phillips).

Aside from one portrait of the artist made by Sam Tata, all of the works on sale were made by Cartier-Bresson.

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Phillips):

Lot 1, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Self-Portrait, 1932/later, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 16, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1932/later, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 116, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Newspaper Vendors, Mexico City, 1934/later, estimated at $12000-18000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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