Auction Preview: Photographs Including Property Sold to Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, April 6, 2017 @Christie’s

The main various owner sale of photography at Christie’s next week stays right within predictable boundaries. Led by a mural sized print of Ansel Adams’ moonrise, the auction continues with dozen additional works by Adams and then adds in a further sprinkle of the usual 20th century and contemporary fare. Most of the more intriguing works fall in the middle and lower price tiers. Overall, there are a total of 179 lots available in the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $5551000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 57
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $420000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 101
Total Mid Estimate $2341000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 21
Total High Estimate $2790000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 232, Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941/1950s-1960s, estimated at $400000-600000 (image above, via Christie’s).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with four or more lots in the two sales, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Ansel Adams 15
Lee Friedlander 9
Diane Arbus 7
Henri Cartier-Bresson 7
Robert Mapplethorpe 5
Garry Winogrand 5
Helmut Newton 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4
Edward Weston 4

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

Lot 242, Ansel Adams, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958/1968, estimated at $200000-300000

Lot 252, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Brooklyn Bridge, 2001, estimated at $30000-50000

Lot 257, Thomas Struth, Control Panel, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, 2008, estimated at $100000-150000

Lot 270, Hendrik Kerstens, Napkin, February, 2009, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 272, Sharon Core, Cake Counter from Thiebaud, 2004, estimated at $40000-60000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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