Auction Preview: Photographies Contemporaines, November 16, 2013 @Christie’s Paris

A single lot of 27 Hiroshi Sugimoto wax museum portraits dominates Christie’s contemporary photography sale next week in Paris; while there are of course other works available, they are drowned out by the strength of Sugimoto series (Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Elizabeth II, Napoleon, Lenin, Princess Diana etc.). Overall, there are a total of 61 lots on offer in this contemporary-only sale, with a Total High Estimate of €1428000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 23
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €131000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 34
Total Mid Estimate €547000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 4
Total High Estimate €750000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 419, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Portraits, 1999, estimated at €400000-600000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

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
Jean-Luc Mylayne 5
Nan Goldin 4
Vik Muniz 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4

Other lots of interest include lot 431, John Coplans, Self Portrait Interlocking Fingers, No. 1, 1999, estimated at €5000-7000 (image above, left, via Christie’s) and lot 440, Hamish Fulton, Baffin Island, 1988, estimated at €5000-6000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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