Upcoming Auctions: Autumn 2017

Christie’s have finally announced their upcoming Photography Auction for this autumn. Not only will the requisite Photographs auction take place, but also two other auctions from private collections: the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Collection and the Donald and Alice Lappe Collection. The dates and locations are as follows:

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The most expensive photographs sold at auction: part 2

Continuing last week’s post listing the most expensive photographs sold at auction. The list now details photographs that sold for millions of dollars, all of which were sold on this side of the millennium, with all but one captured through analogue means.

Starting from the lower end (NSFW):
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Sotheby’s Space Exploration Auction

Today (20th July 2017) Sotheby’s New York is holding it’s first Space Exploration-themed auction, with 35 photography lots available, including Astronauts portraits, lunar landscapes and signed photographs from the Apollo program with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $125,000. Drawings, manuscripts, memorabilia and other lots are available.

For more information about this auction, to register to bid, or see results afterwards click here.

The most expensive photographs sold at auction

As one of the more ‘recent’ art forms, photography’s popularity in the art market has grown and grown, with the highest amount paid for a photograph sticking at $838,000 in 1999 until being bumped off the top spot 4 years later with a sale of $922,488, and then again 2 years later when the first million dollar photograph was sold for $1,248,000. Ever since, the auction houses of Sotheby’s and Christie’s have vied for the title of ‘the most expensive photograph’ as photography’s popularity continues to grow as a smart investment. The most expensive photograph ever sold is a contentious topic as more and more photographs are sold privately, directly to the buyer. However, here is a list of the most expensive sold at auction, including a new addition recorded a couple of weeks ago. Starting at the low end:

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Sotheby’s Contemporary Living Online Auction

Sotheby’s Contemporary Living Online Auction started this week, and will run until 19th July, with Prints, Photographs and Design items available. Lots include prints from Sally Mann’s Deep South series, and Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Time Exposed Portfolio, as well as work from Bruce Weber, Peter Beard, Sebastiao Salgado, Ormond Gigli (above), Nick Brandt and Diane Arbus. Estimates range from $100 to $60,000.

For more information or to bid on lots click here.

Bonhams Photographs Auction, April 2017

Bonham’s most recent photography auction (Photographs, 25 April 2017) included prints by a host of marquee-name photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Mubridge, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Eugene Atget, Continue reading Bonhams Photographs Auction, April 2017

Auction: The Photography Collection of Eric Franck

Black and white Koudelka Portugal Photograph

Sotheby’s recent Photography auction ‘The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck’ realised a total of £319,188 from the sales of 49 prints from the collector and dealer’s catalogue. Works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Josef Koudelka and Bill Brandt were available in the auction, including Cartier-Bresson’s rare Barcelona and Le DDT a Dessau prints.

The highest selling lot was the 1976 Portugal by Josef Koudelka, a signed silver print, which sold for £22,500.

For more information and results from all lots sold at this auction click here

Image © Josef Koudelka