Auction Preview: Photographs, May 19, 2016 @Phillips London

Perhaps in an effort to break up the monotony of a continuous stream of auction lots, Phillips’ upcoming various owner Photographs sale in London has a number of discrete sections. There are two small single consignor collections, with distinct personalities. And there are two ULTIMATE sections, each following the usual rules of last print/sold out edition/scarce print, one in a varied group and a second centered on images from Vogue. As a result, the sale works hard to unearth some rarities to go along with the more predictable fare. A pair of important vintage works from Fukase and Moriyama are worth keeping an eye out for. Overall, there are a total of 160 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £2709000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 40
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £150500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 94
Total Mid Estimate £1153500
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 26
Total High Estimate £1405000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 58, Peter Beard, Maureen and a late-night feeder, 2.00 am, Hog Ranch, 1987/2000, estimated at £100000-150000 (image above, via Phillips).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Irving Penn 10
Nobuyoshi Araki 7
Helmut Newton 6
Peter Beard 5
Robert Mapplethorpe 5
Lillian Bassman 4

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

Lot 7, Steven Klein, Woman in Kitchen, 2011, estimated at £25000-35000

Lot 64, Masahisa Fukase, [Erimo Mikase] Cape Erimo from [Karasu] Ravens, 1976/1986, estimated at £15000-25000

Lot 65, Daido Moriyama, Smash-up from [Akushidento] Accident, 1969, estimated at £15000-25000

Lot 109, Irving Penn, Nude Christy Turlington (C), New York, 1993/2000, estimated at £25000-35000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Daido Moriyama, Irving Penn, Masahisa Fukase, Peter Beard, Steven Klein, Phillips

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