Auction Preview: Photographs, April 1, 2014 @Phillips

The spring auction season for photographs kicks into gear next week, with major auctions from all of the houses set up in a row. Phillips begins the run of sales with its broad various owner Photographs sale on Tuesday. Led by a red ceiling print by William Eggleston, it generally travels well worn paths in terms of its offerings, checking off most of the big contemporary names. The vintage material is a bit more eclectic, with a Moholy-Nagy fotoplastik, a Kühn gum bichromate interior, some Bellmer poupées and Brancusi sculptures, and a Kertész of Notre Dame at night. Overall, there are a total of 271 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $7079300.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 96
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $595300
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 138
Total Mid Estimate $3049000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 37
Total High Estimate $3435000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 132, William Eggleston, Greenwood, Mississippi, 1973/late 1970s, estimated at $220000-280000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
William Eggleston 13
Irving Penn 10
Henri Cartier-Bresson 9
Helmut Newton 9
Bill Brandt 8
Peter Beard 6
Horst P. Horst 6
André Kertész 6
Diane Arbus 5
Sebastião Salgado 5

Other lots of interest include lot 63, Hiroshi Sugimoto, The Music Lesson, 1999, estimated at $200000-250000 (image above, left, via Phillips), lot 209, Thomas Demand, Büro/Office, 1995, estimated at $100000-150000 (image above right, via Phillips), and lot 195, Alec Soth, Peter’s Houseboat, Winona, Minnesota, 2002, estimated at $18000-12000 (image above, middle, via Phillips).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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  1. Pete /

    Good choice, those three images work really well together

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