Auction Preview: Photo Opportunities, June 4, 2015 @Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Photo Opportunities sale later this week in London drops to the very bottom of the secondary market in terms of price, with some lots offered at £100-150 estimates with no reserve. As its title implies, the sale is a chance to go bargain hunting, in search of that unexpectedly affordable photograph or photobook that everyone else has overlooked. Overall, there are 235 lots of photography/photobooks on offer in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £349200.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 227
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £271200
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 8
Total Mid Estimate £78000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 0
Total High Estimate £0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots: lot 146, Irving Penn, Woman in Balenciaga Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1950/1960 (image above via Dreweatts & Bloomsbury), lot 165, Ormond Gigli, Girls in the Windows, New York City, 1960/2008, and lot 198, Marilyn Minter, Wet Kiss, 2014, all estimated at £10000-15000 or £13000-15000.

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
George Barris 8
Elliott Erwitt 8
Mario Giacomelli 6
William Klein 6
Fay Godwin 5
Thurston Hopkins 5
Angus McBean 5
Garry Winogrand 5

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Dreweatts & Bloomsbury):

Lot 32, Walker Evans, Untitled (Group of Virgin Mary and Jesus Lawn Ornaments), 1973, estimated at £3000-5000

Lot 111, Graham Smith, Forty Foot Road, Newport, Middlesborough, 1980, estimated at £2000-3000

Lot 231, Daido Moriyama, Shashin yo Sayonara, 1972, estimated at £1500-2000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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