Auction Preview: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, March 7 and 8, 2017 @Christie’s London

The photography offerings at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales next week in London lack the power of a major top lot. With only one photograph in the Evening sale (a Wolfgang Tillmans abstract timed to match his current Tate exhibit), the Day sale works have to work harder to build momentum in the mid and high price tiers, relying on familiar names like Sherman and Ruff to get there. Overall, there are a total of 26 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £903000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 2
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £9000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 11
Total Mid Estimate £169000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 13
Total High Estimate £725000

The top photography lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 1, Wolfgang Tillmans, Freischwimmer 186, 2011, and lot 132, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #135, 1984, both estimated at £80000-120000 (images above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Louise Lawler 3
Gerhard Richter 3
Thomas Ruff 2
Cindy Sherman 2
Wolfgang Tillmans 2

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

Lot 101, Louise Lawler, Date Painting, 2001, estimated at £10000-15000

Lot 135, Thomas Ruff, Jpeg pt01, 2006, estimated at £20000-30000

Lot 220, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #51, 1979, estimated at £40000-60000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening) and here (Day).

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