Bloomsbury Photographs Auction – Rome – May 28, 2009

A nude photograph of model, Naomi Campbell, was sold at Bloomsbury Auctions’ Women Body: A Century of Nudes photographs sale in Rome, on Thursday, May 28th. “Naomi Campbell: Bon Appetite” 1999 was photographed by David La Chapelle (1968-). The color vintage print was estimated at €1,000 – €1,500 (approx. $ 1,400 – 2, 118) and sold for nearly four times its high estimate at €5,580 (approx. $ 7,880).

Naomi Campbell: Bon Appettite, 1999 by David LaChappelle
Naomi Campbell: Bon Appetite, 1999 by David La Chapelle

De Carava and Sleet are Top 20 lot sales at Swann Galleries Auction of Photographs – May 14, 2009

Among the top selling lots at the Swann Galleries Auction of Photographic Literature and Photographs on Thursday, May 14th are Roy De Carava’s portfolio and Moneta Sleet’s photograph of Coretta Scott King and Bernice at the funeral of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The De Carava portfolio of 12 dust-grain photogravures sold for $ 48, 000, hammer price. The portfolio ranked second in overall sales at the auction. Sleet’s Pulitzer Prize winning photograph sold for $ 9,000 and ranked number sixteen in overall sales at the auction. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photograph of Malcolm X sold for its low estimate of $ 6,000.

MONETA J. SLEET, JR. (1926-1996). Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. comforting her daughter Bernice, 1968-1969
MONETA J. SLEET, JR. (1926-1996). Mrs. Martin Luther King Jr. comforting her daughter Bernice, 1968-1969
 Malcolm X, 1961; printed 1980s
Henri Cartier-Bresson. Malcolm X, 1961; printed 1980s
 Portfolio entitled "Roy DeCarava." 1991
Portfolio entitled "Roy DeCarava." 1991

Villa Grisebach Photography Auction, June 4, 2009 (Berlin, Germany)

Villa Grisebach, the Berlin-based auction house, will hold a sale of Photographs on Thursday, June 4, 2009. Among the selection are six lots representing images of the African diaspora.

Lot 1245: F. C. Gundlach, “Ebony” 1972. Later gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 3,790 – 4,060]
Lot 1267: Charlotte March, Trevor, Seitlich 1967. Later gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 541 – 811]
Lot 1268: Charlotte March,GIL LATOUR FÜR “TWEN” 1963. Later gelatin silver print. [Est. US $ 406 – 541]
Lot 1280:Irving Penn”NEW GUINEA MAN AND SITTING WOMAN“1970. Platin-palladium print on Rives-paper, 1983. [Est.US $ 13,500 – 20,300]
Lot 1373:Marcus Leatherdale, “COURTESAN” 1987. Gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 541 – 811]

Menachim Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt (1908)
David Rubinger, Menachim Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, 1980
Marcus Leatherdale, Courtesan, 1987
Marcus Leatherdale, "Courtesan" 1987

Ernest Withers Museum To Open in Memphis, Tennessee (October 2009)

According to an editorial posted on, Memphis Online, the city of Memphis will open a museum dedicated to the work of renowned photographer, Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007).

You may be familiar with Withers’ work on the Civil Rights Movement, black entertainers, and Negro League baseball. There exists a handful of books and portfolios of Withers’ work documenting this history. You can find selections of those images at Panopticon Gallery (Boston, MA).

To-date, I have not seen consistent auction presentation of Withers’ work. It will be interesting to see what impact the new museum will have on the collection of his work and the auction market price points that are developed, as a result.

Ernest C. Withers I have a dream
Ernest C. Withers #120: Mule Train leaves for Washington, Poor People's March, Marks, MS May 1968

The Gordon Parks Award Dinner and Auction — Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Celebrating Fashion,” The Gordon Parks Award Dinner and Auction will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009 at the Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway at 36th Street, New York, NY.

6:30 p.m. Cocktails — 7: 30 p.m. Dinner — Cocktail Attire. The event is honoring fashion model and activist, Liya Kebede; activist and philanthropist, Russell Simmons; and fashion designer, Isabel Toledo. Gloria Vanderbilt and President William Jefferson Clinton are the honorary chairs.

Among the photographs to be auctioned are works by LARRY BURROWS (“Louis Armstrong”), ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (“Barack Obama”, “Michelle Obama“), ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (“Alistair Butler”), GORDON PARKS, HERB RITTS (“Nelson Mandela“) and others.

The auction catalog is available on the website of The Gordon Parks Foundation, organizers of the event.

Barack Obama. Photo: Annie Liebovitz
Barack Obama. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Michelle Obama.  Photo: Annie Liebovitz

Michelle Obama. Photo: Annie Leibovitz