Auction Preview: Photographies – Collection Claude Berri, November 12, 2016 @Christie’s Paris

Like Sotheby’s, Christie’s has also doubled up during the Paris Photo auction week, adding in a single owner sale from the collection of Claude Berri to its earlier various owner sale. The works on offer are well-edited, with Brassaï graffiti discoveries interacting with Raoul Ubac reliefs, and Thomas Ruff’s jpegs echoing Hiroshi Sugimoto’s blurred architecture. A Jeff Wall light box holds the top lot honors. Overall, there are a total of 69 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €1845500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 32
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €154500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 26
Total Mid Estimate €481000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 11
Total High Estimate €1210000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 43, Jeff Wall, Rear view, open air theatre, Vancouver, 2005, estimated at €300000-500000 (image above via Christie’s).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with three or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Brassaï 6
Nan Goldin 4
Louise Lawler 3
Charles Nègre 3
Jean Painlevé & Elie Lotar 3
Thomas Ruff 3
Aaron Siskind 3
Hiroshi Sugimoto 3
Raoul Ubac 3
Marnie Weber 3

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 2, Brassaï, Soupirail, 1945-1950, estimated at €6000-8000

Lot 23, Alexander Rodchenko, Usine de roulement à billes (Ball Bearing Plant), Moscou, 1932, estimated at €50000-70000

Lot 44, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Haus II, Duisburg, Ruhrgebiet, 1976, estimated at €7000-9000

Lot 48, Thomas Ruff, jpeg co01, 2005, estimated at €60000-80000

Lot 61, Rodney Graham, Locarno Beach Tree, Winter, 2007, estimated at €80000-120000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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