Christie’s Paris Contemporary Art Auction Results

Christie’s Paris auctioned photographs amongst it’s Art Contemporain Venta de jour Auction on 8th June 2017.  Continue reading Christie’s Paris Contemporary Art Auction Results

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.’

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Christie’s Shalom Shpilman Collection Auction Results

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Originally scheduled for Saturday 14th November, the ‘Collection Shalom Shpilman – Part II’ auction was postponed due to the events in Paris. The auction eventually went ahead with 132 lots sold.

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The most expensive lot sold was Dora Maar’s 1936 gelatine silver print (above) ‘Les annees vous guettent’ which was estimated to sell for €100,000 – €150,000 and instead sold for €325,500.

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Other successful sales were WOLS, Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze’s ‘Komposition, vers’ (1935), a silver gelatin print (above) which sold for €109,500 with an estimation of €70,000-80,000, and Thomas Struth’s ‘Cerro Morro Solar, Lima, Peru’ (2003),a 4th edition (of 10) chromogenic print (top), which also sold for €109,500, with an original estimate for €40,000-60,000.

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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.

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Christie’s Paris Auction Postponed

tumblr_m7vygx4mhq1qiyyydo1_1280Dora Maar ‘Les Annees Vous Guettent’, 1932. Christie’s Auction Lot 241.

A brief statement from Christie’s regarding their second photography auction of the month, originally scheduled last weekend:

‘Due to the tragic events in Paris last Friday 13 November the sale of Collection Shalom Shpilman – Part II, initially planned for Saturday, 14 November has been rescheduled to Friday 20 November at 4pm.

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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