Auction Preview: New York par Berenice Abbott Collection Kaspar M. Fleischmann, November 14, 2014 @Christie’s Paris

As we swing into the Paris action season for Photography (effectively timed to coincide with Paris Photo next week), it might come as a surprise that a single artist/single owner sale of the work of Berenice Abbott is on the schedule. After all, Abbott is a quintessential New York photographer, and all of the works available in this sale (from the collection of Kaspar Fleichmann) come from her 1930’s Federal Art Project commission to document the city. So to hold such a sale in Paris is certainly an unexpected and nonobvious move, even with many of the titans of photography collecting in town for the fair.

All of the prints on offer here are vintage, and there is a wide variety of subject matter to pore over, from bridges and overhead buildingscapes, to more random blocks and storefronts. Overall, there are a total of 67 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €559000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 40
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €246000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 27
Total Mid Estimate €313000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 0
Total High Estimate €0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots: lot 201, Berenice Abbott, Murray Hill Hotel, 112 Park Avenue, Manhattan, 1935 (image above, right, via Christie’s), lot 227, Berenice Abbott, Midtown Manhattan, 1932 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 258, Berenice Abbott, George Washington Bridge, 129th Street and Riverside Drive, Manhattan, January 17, 1936 (image above, left, via Christie’s), all estimated at €15000-20000.

Since this is a single artist sale, all 67 lots on offer were made by Berenice Abbott.

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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