Auction Preview: Modern and Contemporary Photographs, May 31, 2017 @Grisebach

While the Modern and Contemporary Photographs sale at Grisebach in Berlin later this week hits its usual marks in terms of lower priced European material, a handful of standouts from Albert Renger-Patzsch and Karl Blossfeldt and rarities from El Lissitzky and Umbo help to keep things fresh. Overall, there are a total of 209 lots on offer in this auction, with a Total High Estimate of €726000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 187
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €385000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 21
Total Mid Estimate €281000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 1
Total High Estimate €60000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 2091, Albert Renger-Patzsch, „Das Bäumchen“ (The Young Tree), 1929, estimated at €40000-60000 (image above, via Grisebach).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Albert Renger-Patzsch 8
Josef Sudek 5
Robert Doisneau 4
Frank Thiel 4
Tom Wood 4

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

Lot 2011, Karl Blossfeldt, Chrysanthemum segetum, 1915/1925, estimated at €25000-30000

Lot 2014, Margaret Bourke-White, Borsig Locomotive Works, Berlin, c1930, estimated at €20000-30000

Lot 2067, El Lissitzky, USSR under construction, c1937, estimated at €5000-7000

Lot 2127, Umbo, Skatrunde, from the series „Die Wolkenkamera sieht sich auf der Erde um“, 1935, estimated at €5000-7000

Lot 2173, Beate Gütschow, S#26, 2004-2009, estimated at €10000-15000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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