Auction Previews: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening, Morning, and Afternoon Sales, May 17 and 18, 2017 @Christie’s

The photography incuded in Christie’s upcoming threesome of Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in New York (Evening, Morning, and Afternoon) is filled with big ticket items. Co-led by a Cindy Sherman film still and an Andreas Gursky elevated beach scene, the sales boast 31 photographs or photo-based artworks (like those by Kiefer and Rauschenberg) in the top price tier, most with six figure estimates. Overall, there are a total of 43 lots of photography available across the three sales, with a Total High Estimate of $7448000.

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) $18000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 10
Total Mid Estimate $300000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 31
Total High Estimate $7130000

The top photography lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 16B, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21, 1978, and lot 752, Andreas Gursky, Rimini, 2003, both estimated at $500000-700000 (images above via Christie’s).

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

Multiple Lots For Sale
Cindy Sherman 7
Anselm Kiefer 4
Vik Muniz 3
Robert Rauschenberg 3
Wolfgang Tillmans 3
Gilbert & George 2
Nan Goldin 2
Andreas Gursky 3
Carsten Höller 2
Louise Lawler 2
Shirin Neshat 2

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 25B, Diane Arbus, A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970, estimated at $300000-500000

Lot 32B, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #209, 1989, estimated at $450000-550000

Lot 841, Gilbert & George, Crowd, 1992, estimated at $70000-100000

Lot 885, Carsten Höller, Tortoreto Ondablu, 2007, estimated at $10000-15000

The complete lot by lot catalogs can be found here (Evening), here (Morning), and here (Afternoon).

Andreas Gursky, Carsten Höller, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus, Gilbert and George, Christie's

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