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
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.
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
‘Francesco 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
‘Photographs’ 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
‘Back 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
‘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
‘Collection 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
Image: Annie Leibovitz with her children, Sarah, Susan and Samuelle, Rhinebeck, New York, 2015 (©Annie Leibovitz.)
On 16th January 2016 Annie Leibovitz is to begin a 10-city 12 month international tour of her new series ‘WOMEN: New Portrait’, an update of her ‘Women’ series of photographs, which were originally created in collaboration with Susan Sontag 15 years ago. The exhibitions, which begin in London at the Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, are free to the public and will be held in various currently undisclosed locations, but not the usual galleries or museums. The series is commissioned by the financial services company UBS and is the largest touring show the company have ever staged, taking in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Mexico City, Istanbul, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Zurich and Hong Kong. The body of work will include photographs from the original series as well as new ones including portraits of Serena Williams, Gloria Steinem and Amy Schumer, and others which Leibovitz is still working on. The exhibition is expected to reflect “the changes in the roles of women today”.
Tickets for the London show will be available from December with the show closing on 7th February before moving on to Tokyo.
For more information visit: www.ubs.com/annieleibovitz
Leibovitz’s most expensive photograph sold at auction:
Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, 2007 on 30th June 2011 at Sotheby’s London ‘Contemporary Art Day’ auction at a premium of £50,450 ($80,820). The print was estimated to sell for £8,000 – 12,000.
The Archival Pigment Print was donated to Sotheby’s by Leibovitz and measures at 40”(h)x60”(w). Edition 5 of 10, signed & numbered.