Auction Preview: Photographs, April 2, 2014 @Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s various owner Photographs sale next week mixes a few anchor pieces with a healthy share of more predictable material. Led by a pair of Stieglitz images of Georgia O’Keeffe (one portrait and one nude), the auction tent poles include vintage portraits by Edward Weston and August Sander, a Man Ray rayograph album, and a Steichen maypole (Empire State building multiple exposure). Overall, there are a total of 186 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $6364000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 75
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $603000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 85
Total Mid Estimate $2031000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 26
Total High Estimate $3730000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 57, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (By Car), 1933, and lot 106, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (Nude Study), 1918-1919 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s), both estimated at $300000-500000.

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
Berenice Abbott 10
Ansel Adams 9
Henri Cartier-Bresson 8
Peter Beard 7
Irving Penn 7
Harry Callahan 6
André Kertész 6
Edward Weston 6
Bill Brandt 5
Brett Weston 5

Other lots of interest include lot 33, Edward Weston, Head of an Italian Girl (Tina Modotti), 1921, estimated at $250000-350000 (image above, middle, via Sotheby’s), and lot 116, Alexander Rodchenko, Radio Tower, 1929/1935, estimated at $50000-70000 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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