Auction Preview: Icons & Images: Fine & Vernacular Photographs, October 15, 2015 @Swann

The upcoming photography sale at Swann Galleries combines both fine and vernacular photographs (with a few photobooks as well), blurring the collecting lines at the low end of the medium. As always, there’s an eclectic mix of material on offer, from giraffes and hobbies to executions and industrial machinery. Overall, there are a total of 362 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $2330200.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 327
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1395200
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 32
Total Mid Estimate $575000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 3
Total High Estimate $360000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 182, Irving Penn, Pablo Picasso at La Californie, Cannes, 1957/1962, and lot 341, Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989, both estimated at $100000-150000. (images above, via Swann)

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Harry Callahan 8
André Kertész 8
Berenice Abbott 6
Ansel Adams 6
Lewis Hine 6
O. Winston Link 6
W. Eugene Smith 6
Alfred Stieglitz 6
Ruth Bernhard 5
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Lucien Clergue 5
Walker Evans 5
Josef Sudek 5
Jerry Uelsmann 5

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

Lot 17, John Beasley Greene, Temple de Kom-Ombos, Haute Egypte, 1854, estimated at $5000-7000

Lot 155, W. Eugene Smith, The Country Doctor, 1949/1953, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 231, Arthur Siegel, Abstract Composition, 1946, estimated at $4000-6000

Lot 348, Henry Holmes Smith, Death of Punch, 1960-1975, estimated at $3000-4500

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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