In a daring early season move, Christie’s has introduced a solid, vintage-heavy sale into mid-February, giving collectors a reason to sit up and pay attention before the main photography auction season arrives in early April. Divided into evening and day (morning/afternoon) sessions, it is loaded with early 20th century work, particularly Stieglitz, Steichen, Kühn, and their circle; the bookends of 19th century and contemporary imagery are only lightly touched, if at all. It’s also a sale that is meaningfully clustered by artists, with runs of images by EWeston, Sudek, and others piling up as the sale unfolds. Overall, there are a total of 279 lots available across the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $8050000.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000)||122|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||$748000|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000)||132|
|Total Mid Estimate||$3052000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000)||25|
|Total High Estimate||$4250000|
The top lot by High estimate is lot 4, Edward Steichen, In Memoriam, 1901/1904-1905, estimated at $400000-600000 (image above, via Christie’s).
Here’s the complete list of photographers with six or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:
|Multiple Lots For Sale|
Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):
Lot 10, Edward Steichen, The Pool – Evening: A Symphony to a Race and to a Soul, 1899, estimated at $150000-250000
Lot 14, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe with African Statuary, c1919, estimated at $250000-350000
Lot 18, Gustave Le Gray, Bateaux Quittant le Port du Havre (Navires de la Flotte de Napoleon III), 1856-1857, estimated at $300000-500000
Lot 32, Edward Weston, Shell, 1927, estimated at $250000-350000
The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here (Evening and Day).