Van der Zee Images Sold at Swann African-American Art Auction

The Tuesday, February 17th auction of African-American Art at Swann Galleries included three James Van der Zee silver gelatin prints. Many will be familiar with Van der Zee’s seminal work in Harlem during the interwar years (1920s-40s) and celebrity portrait photography produced in the 1980s. His work comes up for auction fairly often at Swann as well as other auction houses. Of the three shown below, the Alpha Phi Alpha image is the more widely circulated.

Shoe Store Salesman and Customer, silver gelatin print, c. 1925
Shoe Store Salesman and Customer, silver gelatin print, c. 1925

Shoe Store Salesman and Customer was estimated to sell for $ 3,000-5,000 and sold for $ 2,800.

Alpha Phi Alpha Basketball Team, silver gelatin print, 1926
Alpha Phi Alpha Basketball Team, silver gelatin print, 1926

Alpha Phi Alpha Basketball Team was estimated to sell for $ 2,000-3,000 and sold for $ 2,000.

Undeclared War, mounted silver gelatin print, 1927
Undeclared War, mounted silver gelatin print, 1927

Undeclared War was estimated to sell for $ 2,000-3,000 and sold for $ 2,200.

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