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

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.’

View all lots available and register to bid here.

Bonham’s ‘Prints, Photographs & Works On Paper’ Auction Results


On 14th November Bonhams hosted a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong. The auction included various artistic mediums, including photographs by practitioners such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. Of the 101 lots available, 55 were sold.

Atypically the most expensive lot sold at the auction was a photograph; that of Ho Fan’s Approaching Shadow, 1954 (above), a silver gelatin print from a private collection in Hong Kong. The lot sold for HK$375,000 (£31,793).

For full results from this auction click here.

Upcoming Photography Auctions: November pt II

Irving Penn Woman in Balenciaga CoatIrving Penn, Woman in Balenciaga Coat (1950). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 151.

On 14th November Bonhams will be hosting a ’Prints, Photographs and Works on Paper’ Auction in Hong Kong with various photographs on sale by photographers such as Mario Testing, Cecil Beaton, Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Zhang Huan and Nobuyoshi Araki. View all lots available and register to bid here

Nan Goldin Guido on The Train Amalfi Coast 1996Nan Goldin, Guido on The Train (1996). Bloomsbury Auctions Lot 161

Bloomsbury Auctions is hosting a photographic auction on 19th November with 173 lots available including photobooks as well as photographs, this ranges from ‘Alfred Lord Tennyson and His Friends’ a bound collection of 25 photogravures by Julia Margaret Cameron published and illustrated by her son, to a 1845 salt print by William Henry Fox Talbot. Other notable lots include Terry O’Neill’s photographs of Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn, Herbert Mason’s St. Paul’s Cathedral during the Blitz, and photographs by Robert Frank, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, Brassai, Robert Doisneau, Agnes McBean, William Klein and Patrick Demarchelier.
The auction takes place at 2pm in London. Read the auction catalogue here

Phillips Photographs Auction

robert mapplethorpe self portrait

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