Auction Preview: If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday, May 12, 2014 @Christie’s

Before its normal day and evening sales in the upcoming spring Contemporary Art season in New York, Christie’s has pulled out a selection of 36 lots and placed them in a separate auction next Monday entitled If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday. It’s an edgy mix of contemporary works, and the handful of photography lots included are headlined by Richard Prince’s now infamous Spiritual America. Estimated at a hefty $3500000-4500000, if it sells in that range, it will jump onto the short list of most expensive photographs ever sold. A second Prince cowboy is carrying a similarly rich $3000000-4000000 estimate, so it too could challenge for a place near the top. Overall, there are a total of 5 lots of photography available across the small sale, with a Total High Estimate of $10600000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown, although it isn’t hugely instructive:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $0
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 0
Total Mid Estimate $0
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 5
Total High Estimate $10600000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 19, Richard Prince, Spiritual America, 1983, estimated at $3500000-4500000 (image above, left, via Christie’s).

Since there are so few photographs in this sale, here’s the complete list of the other lots on offer (all shown above, via Christie’s):

Lot 3, Richard Prince, Untitled (Girlfriend), 1993, estimated at $500000-700000

Lot 8, John Baldessari, Grimm’s Fairy Tales: The Frog King, 1982, estimated at $400000-600000

Lot 24, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1998, estimated at $3000000-4000000

Lot 28, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #122, 1983, estimated at $600000-800000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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