Auction Preview: The Modern Image, Photographs from an Important American Collection, April 5, 2013 @Sotheby’s New York

Sotheby’s takes up the final position in the April run of New York photography auctions, with a pair of sales on Friday and Saturday. The first auction is a single owner sale, with the works drawn from the collection of Dr. Paul Scharf. All in, there are a total of 59 lots of photography on offer, with a total High estimate of $2950000.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 21
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $181000
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 25
Total Mid Estimate $589000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 13
Total High Estimate $2180000

The top lot by High estimate is lot 18, Edward Weston, Two Shells, 1927, estimated at $600000-900000 (image at right, top, via Sotheby’s).

Here’s the list of photographers represented by three or more lots in the sale (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Edward Weston (5)

Frantisek Drtikol (3)

Lewis Hine (3)

Edward Steichen (3)

Karl Struss (3)

Other photographs of interest include lot 19, Frantisek Drtikol, Composition (Nude with Circles), 1928, estimated at $70000-100000 (image at right, middle, via Sotheby’s) and lot 11, Edward Weston, Nude (Charis), 1934, estimated at $70000-100000 (image at right, bottom, via Sotheby’s.)

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

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