Elizabeth Sunday Photograph Sells at Eastman House Benefit Auction

The stunning archival pigment print, Animus #3, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011, by Elizabeth Sunday, sold for $ 390 at the online auction benefiting the George Eastman House.

The benefit auction, both its live and online event, took place from the end of September until Monday, October 10th.  204 photographs from vintage photography to contemporary works were available for sale by famous and emerging photographers from across the globe.

Sunday’s signed print was valued at $ 3,000 and is #7 in an edition of 7.

Elisabeth Sunday, Animus #3, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, 2011
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Round-up on Spring Photography Auctions

The March and April photography auctions have drawn to a close.  Here’s a quick round-up of noteworthy sales.

Christie’s, First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art, New York, Rockefeller Plaza ( SALE 2421, March 10, 2011)

LOT 0035

Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), Nervous Conditions (see right)

Color Polaroid prints with engraved Plexiglas
48 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (124.1 x 51.1 cm.)
Executed in 1992. This work is number four from an edition of five.

Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000  Price Realized: $ 10,625

SALE TOTAL: 10,278,275 (USD) (Prices include buyer’s premium)

Christie’s, Crossing America: Photographs from the Consolidated Freightways Collection, Part I
New York, Rockefeller Plaza (Sale 2522, 7 April 2011)

Lot 235

P.H. POLK (1898-1984), The Boss, 1932

Gelatin silver print, 9¼ x 7½in. (23.5 x 19.3cm.)

Estimate $2,500 – $3,500 Price realized: $1,750.  First time Christie’s sold a Polk image.

Three (3) Lots

(Lot 237) He’s too tired to change, c 1954

Estimate $4,000 – $6,000  Price realized:$2,750

(Lot 239) Three Men Standing on a Corner, Morning, 1950,
Estimate $4,000 – $6,000  Price realized: $6,875

(Lot 240) Untitled, c 1959,
Estimate $4,000 – $6,000 Price realized: $6,875

All gelatin silver prints.

SALE TOTAL: 1,838,437 (USD) (Prices include buyer’s premium)

Photography Auctions, Events, Fairs, etc. – Spring 2011

Happy Chinese New Year, and a shout out to all our Afro-Chinese brethren and sistren laboring in the field of photography. There are photography auctions, events, and fairs to take note of in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick round-up so you can prepare yourself for reviewing, discussing, and purchasing:

February – March 2011

Houston Center for Photography is holding a benefit auction, February 23, ;
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show is March 17–20, in New York City;
U.S. Photo Show is March 19, in New York City and other locations during the year;
Swann Auction Galleries Photography Auction is March 24, New York City; and
Palm Springs Photo Festival is March 27–April 1, in Palm Springs, California, .

March – April 2011

The below listing references New York City locations.

Sotheby’s Photographs Auction, April 6;

In Motion Photography Auction and Benefit, April 7;

Christie’s Photographs Auction, April 7–8;

Phillips de Pury Photographs Auction, April 9; and

Doyle Photographs Auction, April 20

Happy Collecting!

Civil War Photographs Sell at Cowan’s – Black Soldiers

A tintype photograph of Civil War Private Marcus Harvey, 28th Indiana United States Colored Troops sold for $2,350.00 at Cowan’s Auctions’ American History, Including the Civil War sale on Friday, December 10.

The lot contained four items including full-plate tintypes of Harvey in plain clothes and in uniform.

The items were estimated at $ 2,500 – 3,500.

Lorna Simpson “HE HE, SHE SHE…” Sells at Polaroid Collection Auction at Sotheby’s

Five large format Polaroid Polacolor prints make up “HE HE, SHE SHE, HE SHE, HE SHE, SHE HE” which sold at Sotheby’s auction of Photograph from the Polaroid Collection on June 21-22, 2010. The photograph, produced by Lorna Simpson, drew a hammer price with buyer’s premium of 21, 250 USD. The photograph was estimated at 20,000 – 30,000 USD. The auction generated a sales total of 12,467,636 USD.

Each print of “HE HE, SHE SHE…” measures 24 x 20 1/2 inches and was part of the traveling exhibition, Selections 6: Works from the Polaroid Collection (1992-1999).

Lorna Simpson, HE HE, SHE SHE, HE SHE, HE SHE, SHE HE, c. 1992

African Photography to be exhibited at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (Fall 2010)

As noted on the blog, In View: Jason Edward Kaufman on Art and Culture, at ArtInfo, and mentioned during his panel discussion at AIPAD, Martin Z. Margulies will exhibit works that focus on Africa at the Margulies Collection at Warehouse (Wynwood section of Miami, Florida) this fall (November 7 – April 2011).  Among the works will be photographs likely from noted African photographers such as Seydou Keita, Malick Sidibe, and Zwelethu Mthethwa, among others.

The ArtInfo blog announcement focuses on Margulies’ recent pledge of a $5 million bequest to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

See examples of Zwelethu Mthethwa’s work at the exhibition, Zwelethu Mthethwa: Inner Views, now at the Studio Museum of Harlem through October 24, 2010.  See The New York Times review of the exhibition and the recent Aperture monograph on Mthethwa’s work.

Four examples of Mthethwa’s work was sold at the AFRICA auction held at Phillips de Pury in May.  His works were estimated from 4,000 to 15,000 USD, and sold for 5,000 to 27,000 USD, respectively.

Mr. Mthethwa is an artist represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery.

Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled (from Common Ground series), 2008, Chromogenic color print on crystal archive paper, 59 x 76 ½"

Roy DeCarava Photographs to Auction at Sotheby’s

Lots 79 through 82 of Sotheby’s April 13th Photography Auction include works by Roy DeCarava. The images were originally included in the library of entertainer and social activist, Harry Belafonte.

Catalogue notes indicate that the images were used as part of the production of Belafonte: New York 19, a CBS television special broadcasted on Sunday, 20 November 1960. Along with DeCarava’s well-known work on jazz musicians and Harlem, he collaborated on album photography for Belafonte.

Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) Dancers' Legs, New York 19, ca. 1956, printed ca. 1960. Estimate: 10,000-15,000 USD. Lot 81.