Photographs Sale – Christie’s, April 5

At the April 5th Christie’s sale of Photographs, nineteen out of 348 featured images of black people or of Latin America.  Several of the images were taken by such noted photographers of the 20th century as Manual Alvarez Bravo, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, and W. Eugene Smith, among others.  Lot 264 by Robert Frank sold for $ 434,500, Trolley – New Orleans, 1955 , a photograph featured in Frank’s famous book, The Americans, depicting a segregated trolley car.  Equally noteworthy is Frank’s Charleston, South Carolina 1955 photograph selling for over three times its high estimate ($182,500).  The total sale yielded $ 6,880,450 with buyer’s premium.

Here are the lots you should review.

#60: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Diego Rivera painting the River Lerma Well, 1951.  Sold for $ 9,375; Estimate $ 3,000-5,000.

#98: W. Eugene Smith, Nurse MidWife, 1952. Sold for $6,875;  Estimate $7,000 – $9,000.

#147: Irving Penn, Pila Pila Sisters, Dahomey, 1967.  Sold for $13,750;  Estimate $ 10,000 – 15,000.

#206: Irving Penn, Three Asaro Mudmen (New Guinea), 1970Sold for $92,500; Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

(Above) #263: Robert Frank, Charleston, South Carolina, 1955

Sold for $182,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#269: Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas, 1987

Sold for $8,750; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#272: Robert Mapplethorpe, Grace Jones (Painted by Keith Haring), 1984

Sold for $27,500; Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

#278: Irving Penn, New Guinea Man with Painted-On Glasses, 1970

Sold for $26,250; Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

#279: Irving Penn, Tambul Warrior (New Guinea), 1970

Sold for $74,500; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#283: Irving Penn, Nude 58, 1949-1950

Sold for $43,750; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

#314: Walker Evans, Street Portrait, Chicago, 1946

Sold for $30,000; Estimate: $30,000 – $50,000

La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

(Above) #319: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, La Buena Fama Durmiendo, 1930

Sold for $8,125; Estimate: $5,000 – $7,000

#321: Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Frida con Globo, Coyoacan, Mexico, 1938

Sold for $9,375; Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000

(Below) #332: Weegee, Easter Sunday, Harlem, 1940.  Sold for $3,750; Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000

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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.

Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photography Auction at Christie’s New York

Old Man (Dahomey), 1967 is among the seventy lots scheduled to be sold on Wednesday, April 14th at Christie’s New York for “Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe.”

Irving Penn (1917-2009) is best known for his work in fashion and ethnographic portrait photography. Penn, an American photographer born in Plainfield, New Jersey, has an international reputation at auction, exhibition, and publication. Other lots in the sale of interest to ADP blog readers are:

Lot 22: Reclining Cameroon Woman (Torso), Chieftain’s Wife, with Typography as a Poster, 1969
platinum-palladium print, printed 1984. Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000

Lot 23: Dahomey Children, 1972
platinum-palladium print, printed 1976. Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

Lot 51: Five Moroccan Women, 1971
platinum-palladium print, printed 1980. Estimate: $20,000 – $25,000

Lot 56: Four Guedras (Morocco), 1971
platinum-palladium print, printed 1985. Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000

Irving Penn. Old Man (Dahomey), 1967. Lot 55, Christie's Sale 2397 4/14/10

Villa Grisebach Photography Auction, June 4, 2009 (Berlin, Germany)

Villa Grisebach, the Berlin-based auction house, will hold a sale of Photographs on Thursday, June 4, 2009. Among the selection are six lots representing images of the African diaspora.

Lot 1245: F. C. Gundlach, “Ebony” 1972. Later gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 3,790 – 4,060]
Lot 1267: Charlotte March, Trevor, Seitlich 1967. Later gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 541 – 811]
Lot 1268: Charlotte March,GIL LATOUR FÜR “TWEN” 1963. Later gelatin silver print. [Est. US $ 406 – 541]
Lot 1280:Irving Penn”NEW GUINEA MAN AND SITTING WOMAN“1970. Platin-palladium print on Rives-paper, 1983. [Est.US $ 13,500 – 20,300]
Lot 1301:David Rubinger,”NACH VIER KRIEGEN: ZWEI FÜHRER IHRER VÖLKER IM INTIMEN GESPRÄCH – MENACHEM BEGIN, PREMIERMINISTER ISRAELS, UND ANWAR EL SADAT, PRÄSIDENT VON ÄGYPTEN“1980. Pigment inkjet print, printed later. [Est.US $ 947 – 1,217]
Lot 1373:Marcus Leatherdale, “COURTESAN” 1987. Gelatin silver print. [Est.US $ 541 – 811]

Menachim Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt (1908)
David Rubinger, Menachim Begin, Prime Minister of Israel and Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, 1980
Marcus Leatherdale, Courtesan, 1987
Marcus Leatherdale, "Courtesan" 1987