The Oldest Presidential Portrait

On the 5th of October 2017 Sotheby’s New York will be hosting it’s anticipated Photographs auction. Prints from some of the most important figures in photographic history will be available, including ‘New Orleans’ (Trolley) by Robert Frank and Nymphea by Eugene Atget, but perhaps one of the most fascinating lots on offer comes from one of the lesser known photographers of the 19th century: Philip Haas.

Sotheby’s explains the fascinating story behind The Oldest Presidential Portrait:

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Sotheby’s ‘Cecil Beaton: Portraits of Vivien Leigh’ Exhibition

Sotheby’s announce a Photography sale in a few weeks time, concerning portraits of Vivien Leigh taken by Cecil Beaton. The exhibition runs from the 12th of September to the 26th, to coincide with the anniversary auction of Leigh’s belongings due to take place on the 26th. The exhibition will take place at Sotheby’s London. Continue reading Sotheby’s ‘Cecil Beaton: Portraits of Vivien Leigh’ Exhibition

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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Sotheby’s Space Exploration Auction

Today (20th July 2017) Sotheby’s New York is holding it’s first Space Exploration-themed auction, with 35 photography lots available, including Astronauts portraits, lunar landscapes and signed photographs from the Apollo program with estimates ranging from $1,000 to $125,000. Drawings, manuscripts, memorabilia and other lots are available.

For more information about this auction, to register to bid, or see results afterwards click here.

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

Sotheby’s Back to Black Photographies Auction


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.

WASSERTÜRME Bernd & Hilla Becher

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.

Sotheby’s Francesco Scavullo Auction

Christy Turlington by Francesco Scavullo Stringersjournal

Monday saw the first of Sotheby’s two photography auctions this month. The ‘Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty’ online auction commenced at 3pm with 89 Lots available, portraits included Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Deborah Harry, Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Vreeland and Salvador Dali. The sale total was $59,270 with all 89 lots sold.

The most expensive lot sold was the ‘Christy Turlington’ (above), a 37.5cm x 24.8cm gelatine silver print from the collection of Sean Byrnes, estimated to sell for $1,000-$2,000. The print sold for $4,000.

For full results from the auction click here