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

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