Sotheby’s is up first in next week’s Contemporary Art sales in New York, with Evening and Day sales on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are plenty of high end photographs on offer, led by a Koons duratran lightbox with a big estimate ($2500000-3500000). The rest of the top lots (Prince, Sherman, Gursky, Wall et al) are mostly usual suspects. Overall, there are a total of 53 lots of photography on offer, with an impressive Total High Estimate for photography of $10018000.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000)||0|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||NA|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000)||22|
|Total Mid Estimate||$618000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000)||31|
|Total High Estimate||$9400000|
The top photography lot by High estimate is lot 9, Jeff Koons, The New Jeff Koons, 1980, estimated at $2500000-3500000 (image at right, top, via Sotheby’s).
Here’s the list of photographers represented by three or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):
David LaChapelle (4)
Vik Muniz (4)
Richard Prince (4)
Hiroshi Sugimoto (3)
Other photographs of interest include lot 57, Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 2001, estimated at $800000-1200000 (image at right, middle, via Sotheby’s) and lot 504, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Chrysler Building, 1997, estimated at $200000-300000 (image at right, bottom, via Sotheby’s.)