Auction Preview: Photographs, April 26, 2016 @Bonhams

The various owner Photographs sales at Bonhams in New York are remarkably consistent from season to season, in terms of lots offered, total value, and the type of material typically available. This sale follows the formula, with Ansel Adams playing an important role (with the top two lots) and the rest of the works tending toward later prints and secondary images. Overall, there are a total of 108 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $953500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 89
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $538500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 19
Total Mid Estimate $415000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 0
Total High Estimate $0

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 13, Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944/1962, and lot 14, Ansel Adams, The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942/1978, both estimated at $30000-50000 (images above, via Bonhams).

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
Ansel Adams 4
Brassaï 4
Herb Ritts 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4
Edward Weston 4
Nick Brandt 3
Joel-Peter Witkin 3

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Bonhams):

Lot 44, Peter Hujar, Candy Darling on Her Deathbed, 1973/1974-1980, estimated at $15000-25000

Lot 678, Herb Ritts, Djimon with Octopus, Hollywood, 1989, estimated at $6000-8000

Lot 102, Jimmy DeSana, Marker Cones (No Head), c1979, estimated at $3000-5000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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