Auction Results: Photographies, November 10, 2017 @Christie’s Paris

The recent various owner sale at Christie’s in Paris had a major re-calibration, in the form of the pre-sale withdrawl of all the 19th century lots queued up at the end of the sale (30 lots in total, against 143 original lots). After the dust settled, the remaining lots performed generally to expectation, albeit without much fanfare. The overall Buy-In rate hovered a bit too high (near 38%) and there were only a few positive surprises, so the Total Sale Proceeds came in just about even with the low end of the revised aggregate pre-sale estimate range.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 112
Pre Sale Low Total Estimate €1100000
Pre Sale High Total Estimate €1557000
Total Lots Sold 70
Total Lots Bought In 42
Buy In % 37.50%
Total Sale Proceeds €1111875

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

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 44
Low Sold 28
Low Bought In 16
Low Buy In % 36.36%
Total Low Estimate €239000
Total Low Sold €151750
Mid Total Lots 63
Mid Sold 40
Mid Bought In 23
Mid Buy In % 36.51%
Total Mid Estimate €883000
Total Mid Sold €635625
Total High Lots 5
High Sold 2
High Bought In 3
High Buy In % 60.00%
Total High Estimate €435000
Total High Sold €324500

The top lot by High estimate was lot 38, László Moholy-Nagy, Photogramme, Dessau, 1925, estimated at €120000-180000 (image in preview post); it sold at €125000. The top outcome of the sale was lot 96, Irving Penn, The Hand of Miles Davis (B), New York, 1986/1992, estimated at €80000-100000, sold at €199500 (image above, via Christie’s).

91.43% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were a total of 3 surprises in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate) (images above, via Christie’s):

Lot 23, Brassaï, Le Viaduc d’Auteuil, 1932, estimated at €3000-5000, sold at €10625

Lot 29, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Sorcellerie Funèbre, San Pablito (Sierra de Puebla), c1933, estimated at €3000-5000, sold at €10000

Lot 34, Wols, Sabine Hettner, c1935, estimated at €8000-12000, sold at €26250

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.

Read more about: Brassaï (Gyula Halász), Irving Penn, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze), Christie's

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