Auction Preview: Photographie, November 28 and 29, 2014 @Lempertz

Lempertz brings a diverse set of generally lower priced work to market in its Photography and Contemporary Art sales later this week in Cologne. The warm tones of a variant image of Nan Goldin’s classic book cover (The Ballad of Sexual Dependency) provide one of the standouts. Overall, there are a total of 190 lots of photography on offer in these sales, with a Total High Estimate of €544000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 177
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €343000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 12
Total Mid Estimate €121000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 1
Total High Estimate €80000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 547, Andreas Gursky, Niagara Falls, 1989, estimated at €60000-80000.

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
Thomas Ruff 5
Hannes Kilian 4
Garry Winogrand 4

Other lots of interest include lot 19, Piet Zwart, 12 Fotografien, 1929-1932/1974, estimated at €5000-6000 (image above, right, via Lempertz), lot 73, Chargesheimer, Ohne Titel, 1949, estimated at €1500 (image above, middle, via Lempertz), and lot 721, Nan Goldin, Self Portrait in Kimono with Brian, New York City, 1983, estimated at €10000-12000 (image above, left, via Lempertz).

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art II).

Chargesheimer, Nan Goldin, Piet Zwart, Kunsthaus Lempertz

One comment

  1. Joe Baio /

    I think Loring finally has found the right balance between identifying the “mega-photographs” that are featured by the auction houses in their catalogues and online — with largely the same work made by the same score of photographers who are trotted out with rhythmic rotating regularity — and singling out the hidden gems that strike his fancy. I say more of the latter and less of the former.

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