Auction Preview: Photographs from the Forbes Collection, September 29, 2014 @Christie’s

The Fall photography auction season in New York swings into gear toward the end of this month, beginning with a series of three sales at Christie’s on the 29th. The first auction is a single owner sale from the collection of Robert L. Forbes. Highlights include a deep selection of works by Irving Penn (including small trades, nudes, images from Cuzco, corner portraits, fashion, and cigarettes), as well as a varied run of Harry Callahan’s Eleanor nudes (all later prints). Overall, there are a total of 62 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of $1637500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 18
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $130500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 39
Total Mid Estimate $897000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 5
Total High Estimate $610000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 10, Irving Penn, Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), 1950/1979, estimated at $200000-300000.

Here’s the list of photographers with three or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Irving Penn 30
Harry Callahan 13
Weegee 3

Other lots of interest include lot 10, Irving Penn, Vionnet Dress With Fan, New York, 1974/1975-1976, estimated at $20000-30000 (image above, left, via Christie’s), lot 26, Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1957-1958/later, estimated at $6000-8000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 34, Irving Penn, Patissiers, Paris, 1950/1976, estimated at $40000-60000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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