Auction Preview: Photographs, April 4, 2017 @Phillips

Coming right on the heels of its single collection JGS Foundation sale, Phillips’ various owner sale feels a bit more like a typical spread of auction material. The sale is co-headlined by a Man Ray rayograph and a Robert Mapplethorpe floral construction, and supported by additional notable prints from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Overall, there are a total of 118 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $3865300.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 33
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $220300
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 69
Total Mid Estimate $1725000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 16
Total High Estimate $1920000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 245, Man Ray, Rayograph with Goggles, Egg and Candle, 1924, and lot 282, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tulips, 1977, both estimated at $200000-300000 (images above, via Phillips).

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
Harry Callahan 5
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Ruth Bernhard 4
Robert Mapplethorpe 4
Vik Muniz 4

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

Lot 234, Robert Frank, Rodeo – New York City, 1954/no later than 1957, estimated at $70000-90000

Lot 244, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Los Obstaculos (The Obstacles), 1929, estimated at $40000-60000

Lot 255, Henri Cartier-Bresson, On the Banks of the Marne, France, 1938/1950s, estimated at $100000-150000

Lot 277, William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971-1974/2012, estimated at $80000-120000

Lot 308, Harry Callahan, Aix-en-Provence (Nude, Back), 1958/no later than 1968, estimated at $12000-18000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Robert Frank, Robert Mapplethorpe, William Eggleston, Phillips

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