Auction Preview: Photographies, November 10, 2017 @Christie’s Paris

The upcoming various owner Photographies sale at Christie’s in Paris is highly clumped. Led by a Moholy-Nagy photogram, the auction settles into long stretches of works by Brassaï and Josef Sudek, and fills in with a handful of additional photographers (Baldus, Burri, Cartier-Bresson, and others) each represented by meaningful cluster of prints. Overall, there are a total of 143 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €2004000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 53
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €295000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 83
Total Mid Estimate €1114000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 7
Total High Estimate €595000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 38, László Moholy-Nagy, Photogramme, Dessau, 1925, estimated at €120000-180000 (image above 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
Brassaï 22
Josef Sudek 13
Édouard Baldus 10
René Burri 9
Henri Cartier-Bresson 8
Robert Mapplethorpe 7
Marc Riboud 6
Man Ray 5
Sebastião Salgado 5
Hans Bellmer 4

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

Lot 35, Claude Cahun, Sans titre, 1939, estimated at €40000-60000

Lot 44, Raoul Ubac, Triomphe de la Stérilité, 1937, estimated at €35000-45000

Lot 105, Irving Penn, Metropolis, New York, 1980/1981, estimated at €20000-25000

Lot 126, Gustave Le Gray, Flotte Française en Rade de Cherbourg, 1858, estimated at €80000-120000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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