Auction Preview: Smile – Photographs and Photobooks from the 1960s, May 20, 2016 @Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

The upcoming photography sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London takes a notable detour from the grab bag of available material approach. The auction house has instead opted for an edited selection of photographs and photobooks from the 1960s, and that narrowness of vision has led to a much more intriguing sale than normal. The swinging sixties cultural snapshot runs from fashion models and celebrities to rock-and-roll and movies, with a splash of historical photojournalism thrown in for context. Seen together, the largely affordable selection of works gives us a rich feeling for a particular time and place, an as catalogs go, it’s certainly worth a quick nostalgic flip. Overall, there are a total of 112 lots available in the sale, with a Total High Estimate of £231050.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including £5000) 109
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) £147050
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between £5000 and £25000) 2
Total Mid Estimate £14000
Total High Lots (high estimate above £25000) 1
Total High Estimate £70000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 20, Iain Macmillan, The Abbey Road Session, The Complete Set, 8 August 1969, 1969/later, estimated at £50000-70000 (image above, via Dreweatts & Bloomsbury).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Colin Jones 6
Terry O'Neill 6
Sam Levin 5
Lewis Morley 5
Aldo Palazzi 5
Jean Barthet 4
Jean Clemmer 4
Martine Franck 4
Willy Rizzo 4

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Dreweatts & Bloomsbury):

Lot 4, Terry O’Neill, Jean Shrimpton, Doll’s House, 1964/later, estimated at £1200-1500

Lot 30, Sam Levin, Brigitte Bardot, La Séance en Pantalon, 1967, estimated at £1000-1500

Lot 51, Jean Clemmer, For Paco Rabanne, Nus Féminins (Parures 6), 1969, estimated at £800-1200

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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