Auction Preview: Photographs, May 20, 2016 @Christie’s London

Christie’s various owner Photographs sale has the least photography on offer of the three major houses this London season (both by lot and by value), and aside from the top lot Peter Beard collage, is largely lacking in rarities and surprises. Like the other sales this week, it’s heavy on style and fashion and light through the middle. Overall, there are a total of 94 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £1991000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 21
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £86000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 60
Total Mid Estimate £730000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 13
Total High Estimate £1175000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 72, Peter Beard, Heart Attack City, 1972/1998, estimated at £300000-400000 (image above, via Christie’s).

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
Peter Beard 5
David LaChapelle 5
Horst P. Horst 4
Helmut Newton 4
Bert Stern 4
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4

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

Lot 4, Sam Haskins, Original maquette for Cowboy Kate & Other Stories, 1963-64, estimated at £30000-40000

Lot 51, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ken, Lydia and Tyler, 1985, estimated at £50000-70000

Lot 56, Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli, c. 1930, estimated at £8000-10000

Lot 91, Katy Grannan, Carla, from the Sugar Camp Road Series, 2003, estimated at £4000-6000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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