Sotheby’s October 5, Photographs Sale

At the Sotheby’s Photographs sale on October 5th, there were a handful of lots which featured photographs of black people, or were produced by black photographers.  Among the 185 lots offerred were:

Lot 65: Henri Cartier Bresson

Easter Parade Harlem, 1947

Sold for 7,500 USD

Lot 72: Herman Leonard

Jazz Studies, 1948-1991

Sold for 28, 125 USD

Lot 113: Paul Outerbridge, Jr.

Sleepy Negro” 1924

Sold for 31, 250 USD

Lot 168: Carrie Mae Weems

Made for Him, Made for Her” 1993

Sold for 13,750 USD

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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

PHOTOGRAPHIC LITERATURE & FINE PHOTOGRAPHS — Swann Auction, Thurs. May 14

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.

Heritage Auction House Post-Auction Photographs For Sale

Heritage Auction Galleries (Dallas, Texas) has 165 lots available in a post-auction photographs sale. The lots were originally presented at the April 18th Vintage Photography Signature Auction. Among the lots are images by Roy De Carava, James Van der Zee, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lou Bernstein, and Bruce Davidson that address African diaspora photography.

The sale ends Monday, May 4th.

Untitled (People Gathered, Woman Looking over Shoulder),
Henri Cartier-Bresson (photographer). Untitled (People Gathered, Woman Looking over Shoulder) Silver gelatin print, 1961