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.
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.