Auction Preview: Photographs, May 18, 2017 @Phillips London

The upcoming various owner Photographs sale at Phillips in London once again uses an ULTIMATE section to add some spice to the usual flow of auction material. In this case, a selection of stylish advertising images kicks off the sale, which is then followed by a parade of fashion and glamour works and a handful of somewhat more unexpected contemporary names. An early 1990s John Baldessari multi-image work holds the top spot. Overall, there are a total of 93 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £2393500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 2
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £7500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 67
Total Mid Estimate £751000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 24
Total High Estimate £1635000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 32, John Baldessari, Transform (Lipstick), 1990, estimated at £300000-400000 (image above, via Phillips).

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
Helmut Newton 8
Henri Cartier-Bresson 7
Irving Penn 4
Richard Avedon 3
Ruud van Empel 3

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

Lot 2, Alasdair McLellan, Kate Moss Supreme, 2012, estimated at £7000-9000

Lot 28, Irving Penn, Girl in Bath (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950, estimated at £50000-70000

Lot 39, Seiji Kurata, Tattooed Man from Flash Up, 1975/1978, estimated at £15000-25000

Lot 59, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1932/1947, estimated at £30000-50000

Lot 87, Alex Prager, Desiree, 2008, estimated at £7000-9000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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