The latest incarnation of the Saturday @Phillips sale is coming up this weekend in New York. As a reminder, this sale is designed for beginning collectors, and juxtaposes photography, prints, toys, watches, furniture, jewelry and various other items, all carefully selected with an eye for design and style. Out of a total of 524 lots, there are 111 photographs (loosely defined) in the sale. The total high estimate for these lots is $334700, and 110 of them have a high estimate under $10000, most much lower than that.
While I’m not a fan of the laundry list as an approach for expressing insight, I think the list of photographers in this sale is pretty broad and strong, especially in the context of contemporary work:
Walter De Maria
Hee Jin Kang
Ruud Van Empel
Bettina Von Zwehl
Carrie Mae Weems
While most (if not all) of these images are low end examples of a particular photographer’s work, I continue to wonder why Phillips doesn’t focus solely on this kind of material, amped up to include the best pieces from these artists. If they could deliver on top quality material from the list above, they would seem to have an opportunity to carve out and defend an interesting portion of the auction market.
Here are a few pieces we liked, even if they may not exactly fit into our collection:
- Lot 73 Oliver Boberg, Aussentreppe, 1998
- Lot 250 Robert Mapplethorpe, Untitled, 1983
- Lot 279 Vik Muniz, Gummy Bears, 2002 (our kids would go crazy for these)
- Lot 338 Dan Graham, Untitled, 1996
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