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):
Continue reading The most expensive photographs sold at auction: part 2

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.

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.

To view all lots from this auction click here

Sotheby’s Back to Black Photographies Auction

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This week saw Sotheby’s second of two photography auctions this month, with the 5 day ‘Back to Black Photographies’ auction in Paris of 135 lots. The auction brought together iconic images from the history of photography, including works by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Robert Doisneau, Sebastiao Salgado, Bruce Weber, Man Ray, Eugene Atget, Ansel Adams, August Sander, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Thomas Struth and Richard Avedon.

The most expensive lot sold was ‘Wasserturme (Trichter)’ by Bernd & Hilla Becher (below), this was a collection of 9 silver prints from the Konrad Fischer Gallery in Dusseldorf, which sold for €411,000. The collection was estimated to sell for €60,000-80,000.

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Other successful sales came via Richard Avedon’s ‘In the American West’ series, these included ‘Edward Roop, Coal Miner, Paonia, Colorado’ (top) a 1985 silver print, which sold for €84,600 with an estimate for €70,000-100,000, and ‘Hansel Nicholas Burum, Coal Miner, Somerset, Colorado’ a 1985 silver print, which sold for €75,000 with an estimate for €50,000-70,000. Both photographs were signed and stamped, and came from Richard Avedon studio at Galerie Zur Stockeregg.

To view all lots sold at this auction, and for more information 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