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
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
Henri Cartier-Bresson. Malcolm X, 1961; printed 1980s
Portfolio entitled "Roy DeCarava." 1991
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,
(estimate $500 to $700), and The Sweet Flypaper of Life 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 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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (photographer). Untitled (People Gathered, Woman Looking over Shoulder) Silver gelatin print, 1961