Auction Preview: Photographs, April 6, 2016 @Christie’s

A summary dose of the work of Hiroshi Sugimoto leads the various owner Photographs sale at Christie’s in New York on the 6th, covering his dioramas, theaters, architecture, and other projects. While prints from Paul Strand and Diane Arbus are the top lots in the auction, this is generally a broad based black and white sale (mostly from the 20th century), with a smattering of color work thrown in near the end. Overall, there are a total of 202 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $5631000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 46
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $347000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 131
Total Mid Estimate $2854000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 25
Total High Estimate $2430000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 83, Paul Strand, The Family, Luzzara, Italy, 1953, and lot 117, Diane Arbus, Boy with a straw hat waiting to march in a pro-war parade, N.Y.C., 1967, both estimated at $200000-300000 (images above, via Christie’s).

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
Hiroshi Sugimoto 15
Irving Penn 14
Lee Friedlander 8
Ansel Adams 6
William Eggleston 6
Robert Frank 6
Man Ray 6
Robert Mapplethorpe 6
Herb Ritts 6
Paul Strand 6
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Edward Weston 5

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 18, Lewis Baltz, East Wall, Western Carpet Mills, 1231 Warner, Tustin, from ‘Industrial Parks’, 1974, estimated at $15000-20000

Lot 66, Irving Penn, Four Guedras, Morocco, 1971/1985, estimated at $70000-90000

Lot 102, Lee Friedlander, New York City, 1966, estimated at $30000-50000

Lot 120, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Church of the Light, Tadao Ando, 1997, estimated at $100000-150000

Lot 190, Robert Mapplethorpe, Calla Lily, 1988, estimated at $60000-80000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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