Auction Preview: Photographies de Atkins à Warhol – Importante Collection Européenne, November 11, 2016 @Sotheby’s Paris

In addition to its various own sale this coming Thursday, Sotheby’s is also bringing to market a single owner collection the following day (Friday). A rare copy of Anna Atkins’ British Algae is the headliner and should elicit some active attention given its scarcity and importance (especially to photobook connoisseurs). The rest of the sale wanders from the 19th century to the European avant garde, ultimately ending with a selection 20th century American imagery. Overall, there are a total of 79 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €1068000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 39
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €183000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 34
Total Mid Estimate €435000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 6
Total High Estimate €450000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 15, Anna Atkins, British Algae Vol. III (album with 102 cyanotypes), 1843-1853, estimated at €120000-180000 (image above via Sotheby’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
Edward Weston 5
Berenice Abbott 4
Rudolph Koppitz 4
Germaine Krull 4
Ansel Adams 3
Brassaï 3

Other lots of interest include:

Lot 10, Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, Tadeusz Langier, Janina & Wana Illukiewicz, 1912, estimated at €10000-15000

Lot 24, Karl Blossfeldt, Celosia Cristata Hahnenkamm, 1920, estimated at €30000-40000

Lot 55, Edward Weston, The Marion Morgan Dancers, California, 1921, estimated at €30000-40000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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