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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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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Christie’s Paris Contemporary Art Auction Results

Christie’s Paris auctioned photographs amongst it’s Art Contemporain Venta de jour Auction on 8th June 2017.  Continue reading Christie’s Paris Contemporary Art Auction Results

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.’

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Christie’s Shalom Shpilman Collection Auction Results

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Originally scheduled for Saturday 14th November, the ‘Collection Shalom Shpilman – Part II’ auction was postponed due to the events in Paris. The auction eventually went ahead with 132 lots sold.

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The most expensive lot sold was Dora Maar’s 1936 gelatine silver print (above) ‘Les annees vous guettent’ which was estimated to sell for €100,000 – €150,000 and instead sold for €325,500.

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Other successful sales were WOLS, Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze’s ‘Komposition, vers’ (1935), a silver gelatin print (above) which sold for €109,500 with an estimation of €70,000-80,000, and Thomas Struth’s ‘Cerro Morro Solar, Lima, Peru’ (2003),a 4th edition (of 10) chromogenic print (top), which also sold for €109,500, with an original estimate for €40,000-60,000.

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Christies ‘Photographs’ Auction results

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On 12th November was the first of Christies two photography auctions this month. The ‘Photographs’ auction was held at Christies Paris with 100 lots available, including the rare and controversial ‘Man in Polyester Suit’ by Robert Mapplethorpe (below), which was estimated to sell for €180,000–250,000, yet sold for €381,500. The gelatine silver print came from a private collection in Arizona and was the most expensive lot sold at the auction.

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Other successful lots came from Joseph-Philbert Girault de Prangey (top), whose ’23 Rome Jupiter Tonnant’ (1842) sold for €175,500 with an original estimation of €30,000-€50,000, and ’74 Pres d’alexandria le Desert’ (1842), which sold for €133,500 with an estimation for €40,000-€60,000. Both Daguerreotypes came from a private French collection.

Dovima with elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Pa

Richard Avedon’s ‘Dovima with Elephants’ (above) has previously been the photographer’s most expensive photograph sold at auction ($1,151,976 Christie’s Paris, November 2005), yet this 28th edition of the gelatin silver print sold for only €51,900 at this auction.

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