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:
|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.