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:
|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|
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.