Auction Preview: Photographs, April 25, 2017 @Bonhams

The various owner Photographs sale at Bonhams in New York next week includes a healthy selection of West Coast work (Ruth Bernhard, Brett Weston, etc.), the kind of imagery that was the staple of the old Butterfield’s auction house. This sale is co-led by an 19th century Eadweard Muybidge panorama of San Francisco and a more recent Massimo Vitali beach scene, with a generous helping of later prints to fill out the lineup. Overall, there are a total of 111 lots available, with a Total High Estimate of $991500.

Here’s the statistical breakdown:

Preview Statistics
Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000) 92
Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots) $449500
Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000) 16
Total Mid Estimate $367000
Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000) 3
Total High Estimate $175000

The top lot by High estimate is tied between two lots: lot 8, Eadweard Muybridge, Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill, 1877, and lot 108, Massimo Vitali, Tropea Shadow (#4874), Calabria, Italy, 2015, both estimated at $40000-60000 (images above, via Bonhams).

Here’s the complete list of photographers with four or more lots in the sale, along with the number of lots on offer:

Multiple Lots For Sale
Ruth Bernhard 6
Ansel Adams 5
W. Eugene Smith 5
Brett Weston 5
Aaron Siskind 4

Other lots of interest include (images above, via Bonhams):

Lot 33, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Diver, Rouzat, 1911, estimated at $8000-12000

Lot 102, Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait with Horns, 1985, estimated at $35000-55000

Lot 110, Angela Strassheim, Untitled (Waiting Room), 2006, estimated at $7000-9000

The complete lot by lot catalog can be found here.

Read more about: Angela Strassheim, Eadweard Muybridge, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Massimo Vitali, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bonhams

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