Auction Preview: Photographie, May 28, 2014 @Villa Grisebach

The highlight of Villa Grisebach’s photography sale in Berlin tomorrow is a broad selection of vintage Czech photography drawn from an Austrian private collection, containing both familiar (Sudek, Drtikol, Rössler) and unfamiliar names. It’s a reminder of the strength of the work that was done by lesser known photographers there, even if their names aren’t as obvious here. A more routine selection of lower priced material surrounds this group. Overall, there are a total of 312 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €1111100.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 288
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €695100
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 23
Total Mid Estimate €371000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 1
Total High Estimate €45000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 2132, Irving Penn, 3 New Guinea Men, (2 with Pipes), 1970/1983, estimated at €35000-45000.

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
Arthur Leipzig 6
Jaroslav Rössler 6
Albert Renger-Patzsch 5
Josef Bartuška 4
Ladislav Emil Berka 4
Candida Höfer 4
Martin Parr 4
Aleksandr Rodchenko 4
Thomas Ruff 4
August Sander 4

Other lots of interest include lot 2031, Anton Bruehl, Gas Tank, 1926, estimated at €2000-3000 (image above, middle, via Villa Grisebach), lot 2207, Jaroslav Kysela, Ohne Titel (Grammophon und Klavier), 1936, estimated at €600-800 (image above, right, via Villa Grisebach), and lot 2230, Roger Ballen, Dresie and Casie, Twins, Western Transvaal, 1993/2000, estimated at €15000-20000 (image above, left, via Villa Grisebach).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Read more about: Anton Bruehl, Jaroslav Kysela, Roger Ballen, Villa Grisebach Auktionen

One comment

  1. Pete /

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention that on the first page of the online catalogue is a picture of Alfred Steiglitz by Ansel Adams and Steiglitz is…. smiling.

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