Auction Results: SPOTLIGHT: Photographs from A Private London Collection Online Auction, July 14, 2023 @Phillips London

The single owner SPOTLIGHT sale of photographs at Phillips in London last week was a no reserves affair, so all the lots found buyers at whatever prices the market would bear. Just 55% of the lots sold at or above their estimate ranges and there were only a few positive surprises, but even so, the Total Sale Proceeds (of roughly £184K) came in near the top of the aggregate pre-sale estimate range, so the sale got its job done.

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

Summary Statistics
Total Lots 49
Aggregate Pre Sale Low Estimate £131800
Aggregate Pre Sale High Estimate £201300
Total Lots Sold 49
Total Lots Bought In 0
Buy In % 0.00%
Total Sale Proceeds £183962

Here is the breakdown (using our typical Low, Mid, and High definitions):

Detailed Breakdown
Low Total Lots 48
Total Low Lots Sold 48
Total Low Lots Bought In 0
Low Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Low Lots £183300
Total Proceeds from Low Lots £159832
Mid Total Lots 1
Total Mid Lots Sold 1
Total Mid Lots Bought In 0
Mid Buy In % 0.00%
Aggregate High Estimate of Mid Lots £18000
Total Proceeds from Mid Lots £24130
Total High Lots 0
Total High Lots Sold NA
Total High Lots Bought In NA
High Buy In % NA
Aggregate High Estimate of High Lots £0
Total Proceeds from High Lots £0

The top lot by High estimate was lot 1, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954/later, estimated at £12000-18000; it was also the top outcome of the sale at £24130 (image above, via Phillips).

Just 55.10% of the lots that sold had proceeds in or above the estimate range and there were 4 positive surprises in the sale (defined as having proceeds of at least double the high estimate) (images above via Phillips):

Lot 13, Terry O’Neill, Brigitte Bardot, 1970/later, estimated at £2000-3000, sold at £8255

Lot 14, Terry O’Neill, Raquel Welch, 1970/later, estimated at £1000-2000, sold at £4826

Lot 19, Horst P. Horst, Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937/later, estimated at £2500-3500, sold at £8255

Lot 43, Terry O’Neill, Britt Ekland and Peter Sellers, 1966/later, estimated at £1500-2500, sold at £5715

The complete lot by lot results can be found here.

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