Auction Preview: Photographs, September 29, 2014 @Christie’s

Batting second in Christie’s upcoming photography lineup is a broad various owner sale, also scheduled for the 29th. Led by an Edward Weston nautilus shell, it travels the usual vintage roads, gathering deeper selections from notable names like Avedon (fashion, portraits), Penn, and Mapplethorpe (flowers). Overall, there are a total of 126 lots on offer, with a Total High Estimate of $5444000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 23
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $169000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 78
Total Mid Estimate $1965000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 25
Total High Estimate $3310000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 126, Edward Weston, Nautilus Shell, 1927, estimated at $300000-500000 (image above left, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Richard Avedon 14
Robert Mapplethorpe 12
Irving Penn 12
Edward Weston 10
Ansel Adams 7
Robert Frank 6

Other lots of interest include lot 121, Ray K. Metzker, Nude Composite: Philadelphia, 1966/1982, estimated at $40000-60000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s), and lot 160, Charles Sheeler, Ford Plant, River Rouge, Steam Hydraulic Shear, 1927, estimated at $150000-250000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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