Auction Preview: Photographs: The Evening Sale and Photographs, October 4 and 5, 2016 @Christie’s

Christie’s kicks off the Fall auction season for photography with a split sale of Evening and Day sessions next week. Led by prints by Edward Weston and Robert Mapplethorpe, several of the notable lots and famous images (from Frank, Lange, Cartier-Bresson, Penn, and others) are rare/early but not necessarily entirely vintage prints, so more active connoisseurship will be needed to vet these offerings with care. Overall, there are a total of 185 lots available in the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $6874000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 46
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $345000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 115
Total Mid Estimate $2909000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 24
Total High Estimate $3620000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 15, Edward Weston, Shells 6S, 1927, and lot 106, Robert Mapplethorpe, Flag, 1987, both estimated at $400000-600000 (images above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Robert Mapplethorpe 21
Henri Cartier-Bresson 9
Ansel Adams 6
Walker Evans 6
Harry Callahan 5
Hiroshi Sugmoto 5

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

Lot 4, Man Ray, Rayograph, 1922, estimated at $250000-350000

Lot 14, Alexander Rodchenko, Morning Wash (Varvara Rodchenko), 1932, estimated at $50000-70000

Lot 162, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Lillacege Aloe Arboresceus, 1923, estimated at $10000-15000

Lot 196, Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait with Fright Wig, 1986, estimated at $12000-18000

Lot 248, Doug Rickard, @29.942566, New Orleans, LA (2008), 2009, estimated at $5000-7000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Photographs: The Evening Sale) and here (Photographs).

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