Auction Previews: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, May 17 and 18, 2017 @Phillips

The photography available in Phillips’ upcoming 20th Century and Contemporary Art sales travels roads we have been down many times before, and while there is much less on offer photographically here than in the sales of its competitors this particular season, the specific works up for sale are generally solid examples from bold faced names. Led by a lesser Richard Prince cowboy, the works by Cindy Sherman, Louise Lawler, and Cory Arcangel in particular are all worth a look. With only one photograph in the Evening sale (a Wolfgang Tillmans abstract), the Day sale will provide the action for photo collectors. Overall, there are a total of 31 photography lots available across the two sessions, with a Total High Estimate of $2271000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 2
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $17000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 12
Total Mid Estimate $314000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 17
Total High Estimate $1940000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 166, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1989, estimated at $250000-350000 (image above, via Phillips).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Cindy Sherman 5
Vik Muniz 3
Louise Lawler 2
Thomas Struth 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Phillips):

Lot 111, Cory Arcangel, Photoshop CS: 60 by 60 inches, 300 DPI, RGB, square pixels, default gradient “Blue, Yellow, Blue”, mousedown y=15000 x=2130, mouseup y=4680 x=3570; photoshop tool “Wand”, click= y=9120 x=4780, tolerance=30; default gradient “Spectrum”, mousedown y=8790 x=1410, mouseup y=10770 x=16230, 2013, estimated at $100000-150000

Lot 230, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #99, 1982, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 231, Louise Lawler, Back Cat, 1988-1993, estimated at $50000-70000

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

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