Some New York Photography Auctions – October

Christie’s Photographs sale held October 6-7 in New York yielded 5,571,537 USD including buyer’s premium.
IRVING PENN (1917-2009) photograph, The Palm of Miles Davis (New York), 1986, sold for 146,500 USD, nearly three times its high estimate (30,000 – 50,000 USD). This lot was the second highest sale price of all the Penn lots, and the third highest seller in the entire auction of 263 lots.
Irving Penn, The Palm of Miles Davis, 1986
ASA C. PARTRIDGE photograph, Portrait of a slave woman and her young charge, 1840, a half-plate daguerreotype with hand coloring, sold for 1,250 USD, well below its estimate of  7,000-9,000 USD. 

Asa C. Partridge, Portrait of A Slave Women and Her Young Charge, 1840s

At the Sotheby’s Photographs sale, held October 6,  works by  Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) SELECTED STUDIES sold for 8,750 USD, just below its low estimate: 10,000—15,000 USD. The sale, held in New York, yielded 4,970,754  USD including buyer’s premium.

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The Photo Review Annual Auction

On November 6th the wonderful Photo Review will hold its annual photography auction at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Among the photographs available for sale are a portrait of photographer, Roy DeCarava (1919-2009), by Abe Aronow, and “Emmanuel” by Jonathan Torgovnik.  Auction items are available for immediate purchase online and a fully illustrated catalog is available for $ 12.00.

Jonathan Torgovnik. Emmanuel, 2006
Abe Aronow. Roy DeCarava at his home in Brooklyn, NY, 1984/2010