Auction Preview: Photographs, October 7, 2015 @Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s various owner Photographs sale feels lacking in major standouts this season. While there are some unexpected secondary images worth a look, it’s a sale centered on its solid midsection rather than its top end. Overall, there are a total of 223 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $5722500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 94
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $737500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 112
Total Mid Estimate $2475000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 17
Total High Estimate $2510000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 144, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man in Polyester Suit, 1980, (image above, via Sotheby’s), and lot 165, Diane Arbus, National Junior Interstate Dance Champions of 1963, Yonkers, NY, 1963/1967, both estimated at $250000-350000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Ansel Adams 18
Edward Weston 9
Sally Mann 8
Brassaï 6
Harry Callahan 6
Henri Cartier-Bresson 6
Berenice Abbott 5
André Kertész 5
Irving Penn 5
Robert Polidori 5

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

Lot 8, Robert Adams, Colorado, 1973, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 29, Tina Modotti, Carpesinos Reading El Machete, 1929, estimated at $200000-300000

Lot 45, Brett Weston, Sewer Pipes, 1929, estimated at $20000-30000

Lot 149, Bill Brandt, London (Standing Nude), 1940s, estimated at $30000-50000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Bill Brandt, Brett Weston, Robert Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tina Modotti, Sotheby's

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