Auction Preview: Photographs, May 18, 2017 @Christie’s London

Christie’s kicks off the London season for photography later this week with its various owner Photographs sale coming up on Thursday. The auction brings to market a style/fashion-centric gathering of works, with prints by Newton, Penn, and Mapplethorpe leading the way. Overall, there are a total of 97 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £1786000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 25
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £87000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 58
Total Mid Estimate £739000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 14
Total High Estimate £960000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 41, Helmut Newton, Private Property Suites I, II & III, 1984, estimated at £200000-300000 (image above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Robert Mapplethorpe 7
Helmut Newton 6
Nobuyoshi Araki 5
Irving Penn 5
Nick Brandt 4
Cecil Beaton 3
Hiroshi Sugimoto 3

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

Lot 33, Irving Penn, The Hand of Miles Davis (C), New York, 1986/1992, estimated at £70000-90000

Lot 34, Robert Mapplethorpe, Calla Lily, 1988, estimated at £25000-30000

Lot 62, William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971-2012, estimated at £80000-120000

Lot 69, Robert Polidori, Versailles, Attique du Midi, Detail of Door and Keyhole #1, 2007, estimated at £12000-18000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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