Auction Results: Photographie, June 3, 2015 @Villa Grisebach

What seemed like a routine photography sale at Villa Grisebach earlier this month turned into an unlikely barnburner. Led by an astonishing 34 positive surprises and a top outcome Werner Rohde image that sold for more than 60X its estimate, there must have been something in the air in Berlin that day. Even with the top lot Peter Beard print withdrawn, the Total Sale Proceeds still came in meaningfully above the pre-sale estimate range.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 253
Pre Sale Low Total Estimate €630700
Pre Sale High Total Estimate €886500
Total Lots Sold 179
Total Lots Bought In 74
Buy In % 29.25%
Total Sale Proceeds €926472

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

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 226
Low Sold 159
Low Bought In 67
Low Buy In % 29.65%
Total Low Estimate €483500
Total Low Sold €711472
Mid Total Lots 26
Mid Sold 20
Mid Bought In 6
Mid Buy In % 23.08%
Total Mid Estimate €333000
Total Mid Sold €215000
Total High Lots 1
High Sold 0
High Bought In 1 (withdrawn)
High Buy In % 100.00%
Total High Estimate €70000
Total High Sold €0

The top lot by High estimate was lot 2190, Peter Beard, Maureen Gallagher and Night Giraffe Feeding, 1987/1999, estimated at €50000-70000; it was withdrawn. The top outcome of the sale was lot 2152, Werner Rohde, Dunkle Figur, 1928, estimated at €2000-3000, sold at €187500 (image above, via Villa Grisebach).

98.88% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were a total of 34 surprises in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate):

Lot 2001, Berenice Abbott, El, Second and Third Avenue Lines, Lower East Side, New York, 1936/1970s, estimated at €1800-2200, sold at €4750

Lot 2010, Kaethe Augenstein, Die Berliner Bildhauerin Renee Sintenis, 1932, estimated at €1000-1500, sold at €3500

Lot 2015, Monika Baumgartl, World Trade Center mit Flugschneise, New York, 1978/1980, estimated at €500-700, sold at €2000

Lot 2016, Ladislav Emil Berka, Ohne Titel (Glasmurmeln), 1930, estimated at €250-350, sold at €1625

Lot 2018, Ilse Bing, Szymon Goldberg’s hand in concert, 1949, estimated at €1200-1600, sold at €4250

Lot 2026, Brassai, La Chaise de Gertrude Stein, 1931, estimated at €600-800, sold at €3500

Lot 2047, Elliott Erwitt, New York City (Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Seven Year Itch), 1954-1955/later, estimated at €6000-8000, sold at €18750

Lot 2049, Alfred Ehrhardt, Doppelt geriffelte Sandglache im Wattenmeer, 1935, estimated at €1000-1200, sold at €2750 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2063, Vera Gabrielova, Ohne Titel (Stillleben mit Geschirr und Krawatten), 1935-1936, estimated at €400-600, sold at €1875

Lot 2066, Hein Gorny, Ohne Titel (Getrockneter Fisch), 1929-1932, estimated at €250-400, sold at €2750

Lot 2067, Hein Gorny, Im Morgennebel am See, 1931, estimated at €300-500, sold at €1312

Lot 2070, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Verwehte Klange Drahtmontage, 1946, estimated at €1000-1500, sold at €4750 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2071, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Lichtgrafik/Lichtgrafik kombiniert mit Originalfoto -2 Negative, 1950/1960, estimated at €800-1000, sold at €2000

Lot 2087, Lotte Jacobi, Photogenic, 1946-1955, estimated at €1500-2000, sold at €4250

Lot 2096, Kurt Kranz, Ohne Titel (Hande), 1930-1931, estimated at €800-1200, sold at €2750

Lot 2102, Siegfried Lauterwasser, Ohne Titel (Graser im Schnee), 1950, estimated at €600-800, sold at €1875

Lot 2104, Siegfried Lauterwasser, Wasserspiegelung (fotoform), 1950, estimated at €600-800, sold at €1875 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2110, Heinz Loew, Studie fur illuminierte Werbetafeln, 1928, estimated at €400-600, sold at €1875

Lot 2118, Will McBride, Romy in Paris, 1964/later, estimated at €700-900, sold at €2250

Lot 2136, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Topferhande, 1925, estimated at €1200-1800, sold at €4500 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2148, Evelyn Richter, Leipzig, 1982, estimated at €1400-1800, sold at €3625

Lot 2149, Leni Riefenstahl, Mick Jagger, 1970s, estimated at €4000-5000, sold at €20000 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2151, Werner Rohde, Karneval, 1927, estimated at €1500-2500, sold at €9375

Lot 2152, Werner Rohde, Dunkle Figur, 1928, estimated at €2000-3000, sold at €187500 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2153, Jarolsav Rossler, Ohne Titel (Michelin), 1931, estimated at €700-900, sold at €2125

Lot 2154, Jarolsav Rossler, Paris II, 1930/later, estimated at €500-700, sold at €2375

Lot 2169, Jakob Tuggener, Ohne Titel (Ungarischer Ball, Grand Hotel Dolder, Zurich), 1935, estimated at €800-1200, sold at €4375

Lot 2172, Weegee, Ohne Titel (Knees), 1940s, estimated at €2500-3000, sold at €6250

Lot 2196, Michel Comte, Ohne Titel (Michelle, Mary Anne, Tracy und Satya, New York), 1999, estimated at €1500-2000, sold at €5500

Lot 2226, Sigmar Polke, Ohne Titel, 1972, estimated at €3000-4000 sold at €15000 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Lot 2236, Walter Schels, Alfred Eisenstaedt (Portrait und Hand), 1992, estimated at €600-800, sold at €1625

Lot 2238, Alfred Seiland, D.S.I.E.K.K/G. Richter, 2001, estimated at €1000-1500, sold at €3500

Lot 2244, Jock Sturges, Arianne et sa mere; Montalivet, France, 1989, estimated at €1000-1500, sold at €6875

Lot 2249, Michael Wesely, 9.8.2001 – 2.5.2003 The Museum of Modern Art, New York for the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, 2001-2003, estimated at €5000-7000, sold at €22500 (image above, via Villa Grisebach)

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.

Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alfred Ehrhardt, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Leni Riefenstahl, Michael Wesely, Siegfried Lauterwasser, Sigmar Polke, Werner Rohde, Villa Grisebach Auktionen

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