Auction Preview: Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks, April 19, 2016 @Swann

Swann’s upcoming sale covers all three of its usual bases – fine photographs, vernacular photographs, and photobooks. It’s a straightforward selection with few standout rarities, heavily tilted toward lower priced material. Overall, there are a total of 321 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $1617700.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 298
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $1196700
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 23
Total Mid Estimate $421000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 0
Total High Estimate $0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between five lots, all estimated at $20000-30000:

Lot 24, Lehnert, Landrock, and Bougault, Exotic scenes of Algeria, 1890-1915, (image above, via Swann)

Lot 37, Alfred Stieglitz, Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, 1894/1897, (image above, via Swann)

Lot 55, André Kertész, André Kertész: Photographs, Volume I, 1913-1929/1973

Lot 168, Robert Frank, Welsh miners, 1951-1953/c1970, (image above, via Swann)

Lot 180, Ormond Gigli, Girls in the Windows, New York City, 1960/later

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
Berenice Abbott 7
Ruth Bernhard 6
Harry Callahan 6
Ansel Adams 5
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Bruce Davidson 5
Walker Evans 5
André Kertész 5
Eadweard Muybridge 5
W. Eugene Smith 5

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

Lot 1, Anna Atkins, Asplenium Fragrans, c1853, estimated at $2000-3000

Lot 228, Dennis Oppenheim, Accumulation Cut, 1969, estimated at $6000-9000

Lot 298, Daido Moriyama, Shashin yo Sayonara, 1972, estimated at $1500-2500

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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