Auction Previews: Contemporary Art Evening and Day Auctions, May 14 and 15, 2014 @Sotheby’s

Led by the broad holdings of the Sender collection and nearly a dozen works by Cindy Sherman, Sotheby’s bested its rivals by an excessive margin in terms of photographic consignments this spring, bringing nearly $15M of photographic value to the table, much of it in big trophy-sized chunks. Overall, there are a total of 58 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a whopping Total High Estimate of $14792000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 1
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $6000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 19
Total Mid Estimate $536000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 38
Total High Estimate $14250000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 12, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #93, 1981, estimated at $2000000-3000000 (image above, left, via Sotheby’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Cindy Sherman 11
Vik Muniz 6
John Baldessari 4
Richard Prince 4
Vito Acconci 3

Other lots of interest include lot 71, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #216, 1989, estimated at $1500000-2000000 (image above, middle, via Sotheby’s), and lot 524, Jeff Wall, Card Players, 2006, estimated at $300000-400000 (image above, right, via Sotheby’s).

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

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