The most expensive photographs sold at auction: part 3

The third instalment of The Most Expensive Photographs Sold At Auction series sees prints from Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky and Man Ray, whose Portrait of a Tearful Woman sold and entered the list earlier this year. If you want to see post one click here, and for post two click here.

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Photography Auctions Calendar

Summer usually sees a lull in photography auctions, and this year is no different. Once August ends, however, 7 auctions are due – each celebrating photography, from Sotheby’s, Phillips and Dreweatts. Christies are yet to announce an autumn auction for their photography department, though one is expected. Scheduled auctions are as follows… Continue reading Photography Auctions Calendar

Christie’s Auction: Photographs, The Classics

George Hoyningen–Huene swimwear fashionGeorge Hoyningen-Huene, Swimwear by Izod (1930). Christie’s Auction Lot 5.

Running from 16th-28th June Christie’s Auction House is auctioning a selection of iconic photographs ranging from Landscapes to Portraits. There are 106 lots available through the online auction, with starting bids ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Photographs: The Classics features portraits, landscapes, nudes and urban scenes by noted photographers, including Malick Sidibé, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Jeanloup Sieff. Showcasing other famous names such as Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, Man Ray, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Bert Stern and Edward Steichen, this is an exciting opportunity for both emerging and experienced collectors of the medium to acquire iconic works starting at $1,000.’

View all lots available and register to bid here.

Christie’s Auction: The Female Form

erwin blumenfeld soul of the chair nude photographErwin Blumenfeld, Soul of the Chair (1944). Christie’s Auction Lot 1.

Running from 7th-16th June Christie’s is auctioning a collection of photographs representing the female form through their online only sale ‘Modern Visions’.

‘As part of the Modern Visions online sale series, The Female Form takes shape as a lively photographic study of the female figure from artists throughout the 20th century. Highlights include works by Wynn Bullock, Erwin Blumenfeld, Ruth Bernhard, Lotte Jacobi, André Kertész, Nobuyoshi Araki, Frantisek Drtikol, and Václav Jelinek. All works are offered with no reserve. Estimates start at $100.’

View all lots available and register to bid here.

Bonham’s ‘Prints, Photographs & Works On Paper’ Auction Results

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On 14th November Bonhams hosted a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong. The auction included various artistic mediums, including photographs by practitioners such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. Of the 101 lots available, 55 were sold.

Atypically the most expensive lot sold at the auction was a photograph; that of Ho Fan’s Approaching Shadow, 1954 (above), a silver gelatin print from a private collection in Hong Kong. The lot sold for HK$375,000 (£31,793).

For full results from this auction click here.

Upcoming Photography Auctions: November pt II

Irving Penn Woman in Balenciaga CoatIrving Penn, Woman in Balenciaga Coat (1950). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 151.

On 14th November Bonhams will be hosting a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong with various photographs on sale by photographers such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. View all lots available and register to bid here

Nan Goldin Guido on The Train Amalfi Coast 1996Nan Goldin, Guido on The Train (1996). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 161

Bloomsbury Auctions is hosting a photographic auction on 19th November with 173 lots available including photobooks as well as photographs, this ranges from ‘Alfred Lord Tennyson and His Friends’ a bound collection of 25 photogravures by Julia Margaret Cameron published and illustrated by her son, to a 1845 salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot. Other notable lots include Terry O’Neill’s photographs of Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn, Herbert Mason’s St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Blitz, and photographs by Robert Frank, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Agnes McBean, William Klein and Patrick Demarchelier.
The auction takes place at 2pm in London. Read the auction catalogue here

Phillips Photographs Auction

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Phillips’ ‘Photographs’ auction took place in London yesterday with 119 lots available. The auction brought together a varied collection of works from Peter Beard, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, David Bailey, Nick Knight, Terry O’Neill, Stephen Shore, Eve Arnold, William Eggleston, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ed Ruscha, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Corinne Day, Robert Frank, Brassai, Alexander Rodchenko, W. Eugene Smith, Candida Hofer, Thomas Struth, David Lachapelle, Bill Brandt and Nan Goldin. The sale total was £1,257,150 with 87 of 119 lots sold.

gasoline stations ed ruschaThe most expensive lot sold was ‘Gasoline Stations’ by Ed Ruscha (above). This lot was a collection of ten gelatine silver prints printed in 1989 in varying sizes, from a private collection. The lot was estimated to sell for £40,000-£60,000 and sold for £106,900.

Another successful sale was ’Self Portrait’ by Robert Mapplethorpe (top). This 14”x14” gelatine silver print was the 2nd edition of 15 (+ 3 APs) from Christie’s New York (1993). The lot was estimated to sell for £50,000-£70,000 and sold for £98,500.

For more results from this auction click here.