Auction Previews: Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening, Morning, and Afternoon Sales, November 15 and 16, 2016 @Christie’s

The photography buried in Christie’s upcoming triple play of Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in New York (Evening, Morning, and Afternoon) is thinner than usual. Led by a grid of Barbara Kruger works, and supported by a Cindy Sherman film still and a Laurie Simmons walking object, the sales hit a few high notes, but lack a deeper selection of unexpected or noteworthy works. Overall, there are a total of 24 lots of photography available across the three sales, with a Total High Estimate of $2130000.

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) 10
Total Mid Estimate $230000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 14
Total High Estimate $1900000

The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 163, Barbara Kruger, Face It! (Magenta) (Yellow) (Cyan) (Green), 2007, estimated at $200000-300000 (image 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
Vik Muniz 5
Richard Prince 3
Candida Höfer 2
Anselm Kiefer 2
Cindy Sherman 2
Hiroshi Sugimoto 2

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

Lot 161, Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still #52, 1979, estimated at $150000-200000

Lot 165, Laurie Simmons, Walking Chanel Purse, 2005, estimated at $80000-120000

Lot 173, David Hockney, Walking in the Zen Garden at the Ryoanji Temple, 1983, estimated at $30000-40000

Lot 497, Annette Messager, Mes voeux sous filets, 1997, estimated at $40000-60000

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

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