Auction Previews: Photography and Contemporary Art, December 4 and 5, 2009 @Lempertz

Kunsthaus Lempertz has a pair of sales coming up in Cologne later this week, a various owner Photography sale and a Contemporary Art sale that includes some photography, both conveniently detailed in a single printed catalog. The Photography sale has an extensive selection (72 lots) of Camera Work gravures. Overall, there are a total of 318 lots on offer across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of 633100€. (Catalog cover at right.)

Here’s the breakdown:

Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including 7500€): 307
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of Low lots): 482100€

Total Mid Lots (high estimate between 7500€ and 35000€): 11
Total Mid Estimate: 151000€

Total High Lots (high estimate above 35000€): 0
Total High Estimate: NA

The top lot by High estimate is lot 321, Bernd und Hilla Becher, Chemische Fabrik Wesseling Bei Koln, 1998, at 15000-20000€.

Here’s a list of the photographers who are represented by four or more lots in the two sales (with the number of lots in parentheses):

Edward Steichen (18)
Alfred Stieglietz (14)
Alvin Langdon Coburn (8)
Paul Strand (8)
Baron Adolphe De Meyer (5)
Peter Keetman (5)
Heinrich Kuhn (5)
Albert RengerPatzsch (5)
Nobuyoshi Araki (4)
Boris Becker (4)
Hans Finsler (4)
Gertrude Kasebier (4)
Herbert List (4)
Robert Mapplethorpe (4)
Toni Schneiders (4)

A few images that would fit well in our collection are below:

Lot 113 Hans Finsler, Kamin Elektrizitatswerk, 1928
Lot 131 Folkwang -Auriga Verlag, Ohne Titel (Pflanzen), 1928-1933
Lot 185 Peter Keetman, Ohne Titel (Strommasten), 1966/Later
Lot 216 Fritz Henle, Manhattan, When the Lights Went on Again in 1945, 1945/Later

The complete lot by lot online catalogs can be found here (Photography) and here (Contemporary Art).

December 4th

Contemporary Art
December 5th

Kunsthaus Lempertz
Neumarkt 3
D-50667 Koln

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