Auction Preview: Photographs, May 7, 2014 @Sotheby’s London

Photographs on sale to benefit the preservation of the personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot kick off Sotheby’s various owner Photographs sale next week in London. A baker’s dozen of Horst later prints are mixed in with the eclectic, mostly black and white selection that makes up the remaining body of the sale, a mid 1850s Egypt/Algeria album from J.B. Greene as the standout find (that shockingly modern dark line horizon below is like a rotated Barnett Newman zip). Overall, there are 148 photography lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £2207000.

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) £94000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 111
Total Mid Estimate £1223000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 16
Total High Estimate £890000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 92, Richard Avedon, Avedon/Paris, 1978, estimated at £120000-180000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Horst P. Horst 13
Patrick Demarchelier 5
Charles Negre 5
Irving Penn 5
Otto Steinert 5
Elliott Erwitt 4
Robert Polidori 4
Massimo Vitali 4

Other lots of interest include lot 30, John Beasley Greene, Album of Egypt and Algeria, 1852-1856, estimated at £100000-150000 (image above, left), lot 54, Otto Steinert, Schindeln, Schwarzwald, 1956, estimated at £12000-16000 (image above, middle), and lot 138, Robert Polidori, Construction of Reliance Industries Ltd. Refinery #1, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India, 2008, estimated at £10000-15000 (image above, right, all via Sotheby’s.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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