Auction Preview: Photographs, May 23, 2015 @Sotheby’s London

Sotheby’s brings a glamour-heavy selection of works to market next week in its various owner Photographs sale in London. With clusters of prints by Horst, Newton, Blumenfeld, and Penn and a thick dose of Peter Beard and Nick Brandt, the sale has a high gloss feel. A pair of Moholy-Nagy photograms share the top lot status. Overall, there are 139 photography lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £2877000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 6
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £30000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 107
Total Mid Estimate £1382000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 26
Total High Estimate £1465000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 44, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Untitled (FGM78), 1923-1925/1929 and lot 46, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Untitled (FGM80A), 1923-1925/1929, both estimated at £100000-150000. (Images above, via Sotheby’s.)

Here is the list of photographers with five or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Horst P. Horst 14
Helmut Newton 8
Peter Beard 7
Erwin Blumenfeld 6
Nick Brandt 6
Irving Penn 6
Henri Cartier-Bresson 5
Thomas Struth 5

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

Lot 17, Irving Penn, Chanel Feather Headdress (B), New York, 1994/2005, estimated at £15000-20000

Lot 47, Paul Outerbridge, Musical Semi-Abstraction, 1924, estimated at £25000-35000

Lot 53, Maurice Tabard, Punu Mask, Solarised Film, 1936, estimated at £30000-50000

Lot 62, Erwin Blumenfeld, Nude in Broken Mirror, New York, 1944, estimated at £15000-20000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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