Auction Preview: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, May 12, 13, and 14, 2015 @Christie’s

Christie’s brings nearly $11 million dollars in photographic value to the table during its Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in New York next week, earning it top photo bragging rights in terms of overall value this season. Led by a well known Cindy Sherman film still (in the large size) and supported by two strong early works by Gilbert & George, the tightly edited photography offerings run from Schneemann and Baldessari to Cattelan and Wall. Overall, there are a total of 34 lots of photography available across the three sales, with a Total High Estimate of $10933000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $8000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 10
Total Mid Estimate $295000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 23
Total High Estimate $10630000

The top photographic lot by High estimate is lot 64B, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #48, 1979, estimated at $2500000-3500000 (image above, via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Andreas Gursky 3
John Baldessari 2
Matthew Barney 2
Bernd & Hilla Becher 2
Peter Fischli & David Weiss 2
Gilbert & George 2
CIndy Sherman 2

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

Lot 15B, John Baldessari, Horizontal Men (With One Luxuriating), 1984, estimated at $400000-600000

Lot 17B, Gilbert & George, Cherry Blossom No.5, 1974, estimated at $1000000-1500000

Lot 208, Jeff Wall, Blind Window No. 2, 2000, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 217, Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled, 1996, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 225, Carolee Schneemann, Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions, 1963, estimated at $150000-200000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening), here (Day Session I), and here (Day Session II).

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