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 News July 2017

British Journal of Photography in Contemporary Photography co-production deal with online film channel FullBleed: BJP-online.com

Auction Record for Wolfgang Tillmans at Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale: Phillips.com

Magnum Photos forced into historic private investor shake-up: Straitstimes.com

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

Phillips’ Warhol in China Auction

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The auction, held on 28th May in Hong Kong, presented over 200 photographs taken by Andy Warhol during his 1982 visit to Asia.

The most expensive lot sold was a 21×27 inch collection of four stitched gelatine silver prints titled ‘The Great Wall of China’ with an estimate of HK$600,000-$900,000, which sold for HK$875,000.

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

Upcoming Photography Auctions: November

Linda Evangelista Francesco ScavulloFrancesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty’ Auction, 2nd November 2015 at 3pm [EST], Sotheby’s Online. For full breakdown of lots for sale click here.

‘Francesco Scavullo (1921-2004) found beauty everywhere. Through his lens, we experience the dynamic energy of Bruce Jenner, fresh from winning the 1976 men’s decathlon, the ingénue charm of an 11-year-old Brooke Shields, the fearless exposure of Andy Warhol’s Factory stars, and the not-so-subtle sensuality of countless Cosmo cover girls (a magazine that Scavullo shaped for nearly thirty years.) Originally an assistant of the famed fashion photographer Horst P. Horst, Scavullo went on to work for the most celebrated publications of his time, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, and Allure, and publish multiple books of his favourite imagery.’ – Sotheby’s

CANDIDA HÖFER Teatro Comunale di Bologna IPhotographs’ Auction, 6th November 2015 at 2pm [GMT], Phillips London. For full breakdown of lots for sale click here.

‘From fashion and sports to music and celebrity, photographers chronicle the cultural landscape with such immediacy, urgency and relevance – elevating a documentary process into the most contemporary of art forms. Our London Photographs sale captures the finest photography from the past, present and future in stunning portraits and landscapes that provide untold narratives of faces and places.’ – Phillips

Sebastião SalgadoBack to Black Photographies’ Auction, 9-13th November 2015 at 4pm [CET], Sotheby’s Paris. For full breakdown of lots for sale click here.

The Photographies sale in Paris promises a remarkable array of unique and rare works. Alongside works from masters of the genre including Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld and Helmut Newton are the highly anticipated lots Diane Arbus’ Identical twins, Richard Avedon’s portraits from the series In the American West, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Barragan House from his acclaimed Architecture series, and a unique work by Bernd and Hilla Becher composed of 9 vintage photographs from the Water Towers series. These undisputed masterpieces all bring a very specific and individual offering to the history of Photography;  from sociological studies to portraiture through to conceptual observations, one will discover works that will satisfy the tastes of both the seasoned collector and the budding connoisseur.’ – Sotheby’s

richard avedon Photographs’ Auction, 12th November 2015 at 6pm, Christies Paris. For full breakdown of lots for sale click here.

‘Among the 100 lots presented in this sale is an exceptional and fresh-on-the-market group of 42 daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Practically unknown until the middle of the 20th century, Girault de Prangey started his Grand Tour in 1841 – just a couple of years after Daguerre’s technical discovery – from which he brought back previously unseen views of Europe and Asia minor.
Another highlight of the auction will be the sale of a group of prints by André Kertész and Martin Munkácsi which were hidden away for the duration of the Second World War. Lastly, a rare print by Mapplethorpe will also be offered, Man in Polyester Suit (€180,000–250,000), an iconic photo that caused a great deal of controversy when it was exhibited in 1980.’ – Christies

gregory crewdsonCollection Shalom Shpilman vendue au profit du Shpilman Institute For Photography’ Auction, 13-14th November 2015, Christies Paris. For full breakdown of lots for sale click here.

Sold over two days, this important collection from the Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) is composed of 210 modernist, surrealist and contemporary photographs. Focused on abstraction and the question of perception, it gathers the works of the greatest artists of their generation, such as Man Ray, Dora Maar, Moholy Nagy, Thomas Struth, Gerhard Richter and Walead Beshty.
For over a decade the SIP has held important exhibitions of modernist photographs exhibitions and is dedicated to the promotion of the medium in Israel as well as abroad, to benefit all communities. The proceeds of these two sales will be devoted to education and research programmes developed by the Institute’ – Christies