Auction Results: Photographie, December 9, 2009 @Van Ham

Albert RengerPatzsch was the star of the Van Ham photography sale in Cologne, with four unexpectedly big lots bringing in about a third of the total sale proceeds. Otherwise, the results were more than a little choppy, with a buy-in rate over 55%. (Van Ham does not provide an estimate range in most cases, just a single estimate number, so this figure is used as the High estimate in our calculations).

The summary statistics are below (all results include the buyer’s premium):

Total Lots: 287
Pre Sale High Total Estimate: 395670€
Total Lots Sold: 125
Total Lots Bought In: 162
Buy In %: 56.45%
Total Sale Proceeds: 321413€

Here is the breakdown (using the Low, Mid, and High definitions from the preview post, here):

Low Total Lots: 284
Low Sold: 124
Low Bought In: 160
Buy In %: 56.34%
Total Low Estimate: 365670€
Total Low Sold: 285163€

Mid Total Lots: 3
Mid Sold: 1
Mid Bought In: 2
Buy In %: 66.67%
Total Mid Estimate: 30000€
Total Mid Sold: 36250€

High Total Lots: 0
High Sold: NA
High Bought In: NA
Buy In %: NA
Total High Estimate: 0€
Total High Sold: NA

The top lot by High estimate was lot 1092, Albert RengerPatzsch, Das Bäumchen, 1929, at 10000-12000€; it sold for 36250€. The top outcome of the sale was lot 1093, Albert RengerPatzsch, Buchenwald im November, 1936, at 40000€.

An amazing 75.20% of the lots that sold had proceeds above the estimate. There were a total of 18 surprises in this sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate):

Lot 1016, Chargesheimer, Akt, 1960, at 2250€
Lot 1017, Chargesheimer, Akt, 1960, at 2000€
Lot 1018, Paul Citroen, Ruth Landshoff und Manne, 1929, at 3500€
Lot 1084, Alphonse Mucha, Settings & Models, 1895-1919/1975, at 4250€
Lot 1090, Albert RengerPatzsch, Kopfweiden (Niederrhein), 1920, at 15000€
Lot 1091, Albert RengerPatzsch, Sommerlandschaft (Bayern), 1923, at 27500€
Lot 1092, Albert RengerPatzsch, Das Baumchen, 1929, at 36250€
Lot 1093, Albert RengerPatzsch, Buchenwald im November, 1936, at 40000€
Lot 1100, Albert RengerPatzsch, Rotbuchenwald im Herbst, 1943, at 3750€
Lot 1156, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Vergleiche technischer Konstruktionen, 1971, at 563€
Lot 1181, Dusseldorf, Schau kunstlerischer Photographien, 1926, at 875€
Lot 1208, Erich Kukies, Sakrileg, 2007, at 1875€
Lot 1211, Adolf Lazi, IRA, 1931, at 1063€
Lot 1222, Carlo Naya, Ansichten von Venedig, 1870, at 813€
Lot 1225, Helmut Newton, Helmut Newton’s Illustrated, No1-4, 1987-1995, at 438€
Lot 1250, August Sander, Madchen im Zirkuswagen, 1926-1932, at 1063€
Lot 1258, Hugo Schmolz, Treppenhaus, 1938, at 1375€
Lot 1281, US Navy, Rising column of water enters the first phase of characteristic mushroom, 1946, at 1125€

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.

Van Ham Kunstauktionen
Schönhauser Straße 10 – 16
D – 50968 Köln

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