Auction Preview: Photographs, November 12, 2015 @Christie’s Paris

Christie’s opens the mini-auction season that has grown up around Paris Photo with some fresh-to-the-market vintage gems. A large selection of 1840s daguerreotypes from Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey leads things off, quickly followed by two bunches of rare 1920s/1930s prints from André Kertész and Martin Munkácsi. With vintage Brancusi and Atget in the mix, there are some exceptional pieces to tempt collectors in town for the fair. Overall, there are a total of 104 lots on offer in this sale, with a Total High Estimate of €3892500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including €7500) 12
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) €62500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between €7500 and €35000) 55
Total Mid Estimate €1090000
Total High Lots (high estimate above €35000) 37
Total High Estimate €2740000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 71, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man in Polyester Suit, 1980, estimated at €180000-250000.

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
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey 42
André Kertész 10
Martin Munkácsi 7
Peter Beard 4
Richard Avedon 3
Luigi Ghirri 3
Gordon Parks 3

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

Lot 34, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, 74. Pres D’Alexandrie, le Desert, 1842, estimated at €40000-60000

Lot 43, André Kertész, Tour Eiffel, 1925, estimated at €100000-125000

Lot 45, André Kertész, Vert-Galant en Hiver, 1929, estimated at €50000-70000

Lot 56, Martin Munkácsi, Moderne Bruckenkunst, 1933, estimated at €70000-90000

Lot 62, Constantin Brancusi, La Colonne Sans Fin, 1926-1927, estimated at €150000-200000

Lot 67, Eugène Atget, Marchand d’Abat-Jour, Rue Lepic, 1898, estimated at €70000-90000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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