Auction Previews: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales, November 16 and 17, 2016 @Phillips

The photography offerings in Phillips’ upcoming 20th Century and Contemporary Art sales are decidedly weaker than those of its competitors. With no photo lots in the Evening sale at all, and led by a Robert Rauschenberg transfer collage (which some would argue isn’t entirely photography), the sales are disadvantaged from the get go. Notable works by Charles Ray, the Bechers, Thomas Demand, and others try to pick up the slack, but there just isn’t enough meaningful photography available here to catch up. Overall, there are a total of 21 photography lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $1509000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 0
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $0
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 14
Total Mid Estimate $389000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 7
Total High Estimate $1120000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 142, Robert Rauschenberg, Deepend (Scenario), 2006, estimated at $300000-500000 (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
Roni Horn 2
Richard Prince 2
Christopher Williams 2

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

Lot 127, Charles Ray, All My Clothes, 1973, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 132, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Water Towers, 1988, estimated at $80000-120000

Lot 133, Thomas Demand, Poll, 2001, estimated at $80000-120000

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

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Charles Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Thomas Demand, Phillips

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