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).
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.
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 1301:David Rubinger,”NACH VIER KRIEGEN: ZWEI FÜHRER IHRER VÖLKER IM INTIMEN GESPRÄCH – MENACHEM BEGIN, PREMIERMINISTER ISRAELS, UND ANWAR EL SADAT, PRÄSIDENT VON ÄGYPTEN“1980. Pigment inkjet print, printed later. [Est.US $ 947 – 1,217]
Lot 1373:Marcus Leatherdale, “COURTESAN” 1987. Gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 541 – 811]
According to an editorial posted on commercialappeal.com, 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.
“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.
Bloomsbury Auctions London will be selling nineteenth and twentieth century fine art photographs on Thursday, May 21st at 2pm.
Eleven out of 269 lots feature works of the African diaspora. Among the lots are photographs of jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington; dancer, Berto Pasuka of Ballet Negre (by Angus McBean); and photographs by Malick Sidibe, Colin Jones, and Charlie Phillips. There are also several images, produced by George Rodger, of the Korongo and Kordofan tribe in Sudan [Lots # 144-146].
Swann Auction Galleries will be selling 403 lots of photographic literature and fine photographs on Thursday, May 14th at 10:30am and 2:30pm.
Among the lots are African diaspora photographs by W. Eugene Smith, Roy De Carava, Moneta Sleet, Jr., Mario Cravo Neto, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The photographs are largely 20th century images of black life in urban centers (see lots 300/302/318) and black civil rights leadership (see lots 277/323/324 ). There is a moving “portrait” by Mario Cravo Neto, Ode, (estimate $ 3,000 to $4, 500) and a nineteenth-century carte-des-visite of Sojourner Truth “I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance.”
Roy De Carava’s work is represented by the sale of his book, co-authored with Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (estimate $500 to $700), and a portfolio of 12 dust-grain photogravures entitled “Roy De Carava” estimated at $ 50, 000 to $70,000.
I encourage you to review the online catalogue.