Auction Preview: Post-War and Contemporary Art, March 3, 2017 @Christie’s

A third early season appetizer sale comes at Christie’s next week, bringing a slightly tighter set of photography offerings to market in comparison with its rivals. The lead photographic lot is an early 1990s John Baldessari image pairing, and there are solid prints from Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, and Barbara Kruger in the mix. Overall, there are a total of 22 lots of photography available across the sale, with a Total High Estimate of $1059500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 3
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $19500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 11
Total Mid Estimate $310000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 8
Total High Estimate $730000

The top photographic lot by High estimate is lot 76, John Baldessari, Exulting Figure (With Coins) and Witness, 1990, estimated at $140000-180000 (image above via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Hiroshi Sugimoto 3
Gregory Crewdson 2
Vik Muniz 2

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

Lot 56, Diane Arbus, Elizabeth Taylor look-alike with hands in her hair, London, England, 1969, estimated at $50000-70000

Lot 58, Laurie Simmons, Blonde/ Red Dress/ Kitchen, 1978, estimated at $25000-35000

Lot 60, Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Seeing through you), 2004, estimated at $60000-80000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Read more about: Barbara Kruger, Diane Arbus, John Baldessari, Laurie Simmons, Christie's

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