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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Cowan’s Auction of Historic and Western Americana – June 25 & 26, 2009

Cowan’s Auctions has scheduled its Historic and Western Americana auction for June 25th and 26th, 2009. The lots are expected to represent materials that pertain to Civil War Photography, Early Photography, Slavery and the African-American Experience, and more.

In 2003, Cowan’s sold a daguerreotype image of slavery in Virginia from the Brasseur Collection of Cased Images, for $22,425. The estimate was $10,000-$15,000.

Photographs – Phillips de Pury, April 1, 2009

At the April 1st Photographs sale at Phillips de Pury New York, total lots sold for
$ 1,890, 875. Approximately fifteen out of 280 lots depicted images of the African diaspora or were photographed by black photographers. Some highlights include two works by African photographer, Seydou Keita which sold for $9,375 and $ 8,750, respectively.

Two great ladies, 1958 (Gelatin silver print)
Two great ladies, 1958 (Gelatin silver print)
Girl with purse, 1950s
Girl with purse, 1950s (Gelatin silver print)

Contemporary photographer, Carrie Mae Weems, was represented by a coupler print with sandblasted text on glass called You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995. The piece was estimated at $ $10,000-15,000, and sold for $ 20,000.

You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995
You Became Mammie, Mama, Mother, Then, Yes, Confidant-Ha/ Descending the Throne You Became Foot Soldier and Cook from From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, 1995

A jazz and blues portfolio by Lee Friedlander was estimated at $40,000-60,000 and was passed. The portfolio includes images of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert/Pete Williams, Joe Turner, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Milt Jackson.

Jazz and Blues Portfolio. New York: produced for Q.E.D. Editions, 1983. Seven dye transfer prints.
Jazz and Blues Portfolio. New York: produced for Q.E.D. Editions, 1983. Seven dye transfer prints.

AIPAD Show at Park Avenue Armory, March 25-29

The most important international photography show organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), will be exhibiting at the Park Avenue Armory (New York City) from Thursday, March 25 to Sunday, March 29. The show is celebrating its 30th anniversary and will feature a gala preview benefiting the John Szarkowski Fund at the Museum of Modern Art (Wed. Mar 24), panel discussions (Sat Mar 28), and two special exhibitions, including “Cause and Effect” which draws from the collection of the George Eastman House through its new Center for the Legacy of Photography

Last year a handful of photography art dealers exhibited images of the African diaspora or black photographers who live and work in the diaspora. I recall seeing ethnographic images from the turn of the twentieth century, early to mid-twentieth century images, and contemporary portraits. Black photographers whose work was exhibited last year included Chester Higgins, Jr., James Van Der Zee, Renee Stout, Malik Sidibe, Gordon Parks, and Seydou Keita.

For more information about the show, visit the AIPAD website.

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