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 Auctions: Art Contemporain Vente du jour

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Christie’s Paris will be auctioning several photographic prints amongst its contemporary art day time auction. These include works by Hiroshi Sugimoto with an estimate of EUR 12-18,000, Ahmet Ertug with an estimate of EUR 30-40,000 and Darren Almond with an estimate of EUR 8-12,000.

View all lots available and register to bid here

Image © Ahmet Ertug

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.

For more information and results from all lots sold at this auction click here

Paris Photo 2015 Gallery Weekend

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The 19th edition of the Paris Photo fair had to be abandoned on the 14th November due to the attacks in Paris, but organisers of the fair are now hosting a gallery weekend for those who missed out. The event takes place this weekend in Paris, with Paris Photo releasing the following statement:

‘Following the tragic events that hit Paris and the premature closing of Paris Photo November 14 and 15th, the Paris Photo team thanks its exhibitors for their confidence and shares in the general disappointment of the closing of the 19th edition of Paris Photo after only three days which were to be announced as our most successful to date.

Because such events cannot and must not deprive us of our most important cultural events, at the initiative of the gallery Alain Gutharc, and with the immediate participation of the galleries Les Filles du Calvaire and Françoise Paviot, 54 International and Parisian galleries invite the public to discover their exhibitions in their private venues where the artworks will be displayed as they had been imagined for Paris Photo 2015.

In collaboration and with the support of Paris Photo, participating galleries will be exceptionally open from 10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday November 28-29th. This will be the occasion for collectors and photography aficionados who did not have the opportunity to visit the fair at the Grand Palais, to discover these exceptional artworks within the galleries.’

For a list of galleries involved in this weekend’s event, information on reimbursements or to view a virtual tour of the space, visit the official website 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.

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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

Christie’s Paris Auction Postponed

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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.

For more information on this auction, and to view all lots available click here

Paris Photo Closed

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Due to the attacks in Paris last night the organisers of ParisPhoto 2015 (currently taking place) have announced the fair will be closed today, in this brief statement:

Paris Photo is closed Saturday November 14th.
Under the order of the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Prime Minister, all cultural institutions in the region of Ile-de-France are closed today, Saturday November 14th, the Grand Palais included. In accordance, Reed Expositions announces the closing of Paris Photo for the day, Saturday November 14th. 
Reed Expositions, the Paris Photo team and all the exhibitors extend their sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of the attacks and share in the national mourning decreed by the President of the Republic.

Read more about this, and the fair by clicking here