Auction Preview: Photographs, April 3, 2014 @Christie’s

There is a relentlessness to the parade of later prints in Christie’s upcoming various owner Photographs sale that becomes almost mind numbing. Led by a wide selection of Irving Penn prints (25 in all), the sale settles down into a repeated rhythm of Cartier-Bresson, Friedlander, Arbus, and Weston, nearly all recognizable images printed later, perfectly fine but not hugely unexpected. Overall, there are a total of 212 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $6030500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 70
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $524500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 113
Total Mid Estimate $2766000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 29
Total High Estimate $2740000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between three lots: lot 114, Peter Beard, Orphaned Cheetah Cubs at Feeding Time, Mweiga, Near Nyeri, Kenya, 1968/2001, lot 124, Irving Penn, Woman with Roses on Her Arm (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1950/1977, and lot 241, Irving Penn, Cuzco Children, 1948/1977, each estimated at $150000-250000.

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
Irving Penn 25
Henri Cartier-Bresson 16
Diane Arbus 8
Sally Mann 8
Harry Callahan 7
Lee Friedlander 7
Horst P. Horst 7
Edward Weston 7
André Kertész 5
Helmut Newton 5

Other lots of interest include lot 113, Irving Penn, Poppy: Burgundy, New York, 1968/2006, estimated at $60000-80000 (image above, left, via Christie’s), lot 138, Paul Outerbridge, Wooden Box with Saw, 1923, estimated at $30000-50000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 261, Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, 1933/1950s, estimated at $70000-90000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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