Auction Preview: Photographs, October 3, 2017 @Phillips

Following on the heels of the unusual prints found in its JGS Foundation sale, Phillips’ various owner sale comes back toward a more typical range of auction material. The sale is led by a Man Ray rayograph, with notable works by Frank, Eggleston, Hine, Metzker, and Marclay providing additional firepower. Overall, there are a total of 134 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $4391000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 36
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $253000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 75
Total Mid Estimate $1713000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 23
Total High Estimate $2425000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 301, Man Ray, Rayograph, 1922, estimated at $250000-350000 (image above, via Phillips).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Irving Penn 9
Robert Mapplethorpe 7
Peter Beard 6
Sebastião Salgado 6
Robert Frank 5

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

Lot 252, Ray Metzker, Blind Man’s Bluff, 1966, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 259, Robert Frank, Chicago, 1959, estimated at $50000-70000

Lot 287, Lewis Hine, Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House, 1921/c1930, estimated at $15000-20000

Lot 290, William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971-1974/later, estimated at $70000-90000

Lot 333, Christian Marclay, Untitled (Luciano Pavarotti, Halo, and Four Mix Tapes II), 2008, estimated at $40000-60000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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