Auction Preview: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, October 16 and 17, 2014 @Christie’s London

The photography buried in Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sales coming up in London next week has a back to the good old days feel. Big ticket Gursky, Struth, and Wall from more than a decade ago lead the way, the kind of recognizable large scale images that typically anchor collections. The usual suspects are offset by a few British lots (Hamilton, Lucas, Emin) and a couple of Polkes aimed at fans of the recent retrospective. Overall, there are a total of 36 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate for photography of £2971000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £0
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 17
Total Mid Estimate £291000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 19
Total High Estimate £2680000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 76, Andreas Gursky, Albertville, 1992, and lot 80, Andreas Gursky, Hong Kong Borse II, 1995 (image above, left, via Christie’s), both estimated at £300000-400000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Andreas Gursky 5
Hiroshi Sugimoto 4
Thomas Struth 3
Matthew Barney 2
Gabriel Orozco 2
Sigmar Polke 2
Richard Prince 2
Thomas Ruff 2

Other lots of interest include lot 73, Thomas Struth, National Gallery 2, London, 2001, estimated at £200000-300000 (image above, middle, via Christie’s) and lot 81, Jeff Wall, The Arrest, 1989, estimated at £250000-350000 (image above, right, via Christie’s).

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

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