Auction Preview: Important Photographs from the Collection of Donald and Alice Lappé, October 10, 2017 @Christie’s

In addition to its various owner sale next week, Christie’s is also bringing to market two single owner sales. The second is drawn from the collection of Donald and Alice Lappé. The sale is led by an early Edward Weston print, and supported by many more vintage Westons, including still lifes, landscapes, and industrial scenes. The remainder of the sale is a tightly edited parade of rare photography highlights, with scarce prints by Steichen, Lange, Sander, Bourke-White, and many others on offer. Overall, there are a total of 67 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $5710000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 5
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $33000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 30
Total Mid Estimate $857000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 32
Total High Estimate $4820000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 323, Edward Weston, Betty in her Attic, 1920, estimated at $600000-900000 (image above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Edward Weston 12
Ansel Adams 5
Edward Steichen 4
Julia Margaret Cameron 3
Pierre Dubreuil 3
Margaret Bourke-White 2
William Henry Fox Talbot 2
David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson 2
Heinrich Kühn 2
Dorothea Lange 2
Stephen Shore 2
Carleton Watkins 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 303, Edward Weston, Dunes, Oceano, 1936, estimated at $250000-350000

Lot 312, Dorothea Lange, Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940, estimated at $100000-200000

Lot 335, Edward Steichen, Rodin – Le Penseur, 1902estimated at $300000-500000

Lot 341, Margaret Bourke-White, Terminal Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, c1928, estimated at $30000-50000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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