Auction Results: Photography, November 14, 2014 @Artcurial

Even with a vintage print of Man Ray’s La Prière soaring to nearly €200000, Artcurial’s recent various owner Photography sale in Paris couldn’t overcome a heavy dose of passed lots. With an overall Buy-In rate near 45%, the auction struggled to bring its Total Sale Proceeds up near the low end of the pre-sale estimate range.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 146
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate €1008700
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate €1396900
Total Lots Sold 81
Total Lots Bought In 65
Buy In % 44.52%
Total Sale Proceeds €950143

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

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 97
Total Low Lots Sold 54
Total Low Lots Bought In 43
Low Buy In % 44.33%
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots €303900
Total Proceeds from Low Lots €175093
Mid Total Lots 44
Total Mid Lots Sold 25
Total Mid Lots Bought In 19
Mid Buy In % 43.18%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots €753000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots €588050
Total High Lots 5
Total High Lots Sold 2
Total High Lots Bought In 3
High Buy In % 60.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots €340000
Total Proceeds from High Lots €187000

The top lot by High estimate was lot 13, André Kertész, Distortions (77 prints), 1974, estimated at €120000-150000; it sold for €150600. The top outcome of the sale was lot 29, Man Ray, La Prière, 1930/1970, estimated at €20000-30000, sold at €194000 (shown in the preview post).

91.36% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were a total of 8 surprises in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate):

Lot 29, Man Ray, La Prière, 1930/1970, estimated at €20000-30000, sold at €194000

Lot 30, Louis Stettner, Anastasia, 1986, estimated at €1500-2500, sold at €6504 (image above, middle, via Artcurial)

Lot 62, Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre (polaroid), 1990-2000, estimated at €600-800, sold at €2340

Lot 63, Nobuyoshi Araki, Sans Titre (polaroid), 1990-2000, estimated at €600-800, sold at €2340

Lot 66, Vladimir Sichov, Keith Haring, December 31, 1987, estimated at €700-900, sold at €3250 (image above, right, via Artcurial)

Lot 81, John Dominis, Steve McQueen Aims a Revolver in his Living Room, 1963, estimated at €2000-3000, sold at €7540

Lot 83, Jacob Forsell, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, Jamaica, 1978, estimated at €2000-3000, sold at €6500

Lot 143, Albert Watson, Darth Vader, Original Helmet, New York City, 2005, estimated at €14000-16000, sold at €39000 (image above, left, via Artcurial)

Complete lot by lot results can be found here.

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