Auction Preview: The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection, April 1, 2014 @Sotheby’s

Don’t let the small size of this single owner sale fool you, there are at least a dozen powerhouse vintage photographs on offer in this auction at Sotheby’s next week. Start with a handful of Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray photograms, add in a Sheeler hallway, a Weston shells, a Coburn vortograph, and a Steichen portrait of Gloria Swanson and you’ve got the makings for a pretty astounding bunch of pictures. This is a preview worth putting on your calendar. Overall, there are a total of 31 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $4492000.

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) $24000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 7
Total Mid Estimate $198000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 21
Total High Estimate $4270000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 19, Man Ray, Rayograph (with Coil, Handkerchief, and Chain), 1924, estimated at $400000-600000.

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Robert Frank 6
Man Ray 4
László Moholy-Nagy 4
Edward Weston 4
Edward Steichen 3
Alfred Stieglitz 2

Other lots of interest include lot 3, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Vortograph, 1917, estimated at $250000-350000 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s), lot 15, Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924, estimated at $300000-500000 (image above middle, via Sotheby’s), and lot 17, László Moholy-Nagy, Fotogramm, 1922, estimated at $150000-250000 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s).

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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