Avedon, Van Der Zee, Stewart, and Van Vechten Sell at Lena Horne Estate Sale

Photographs of Lena Horne and the “Atlantic City” 1930 and “By the Pool” c. 1924 photographs by James Van der Zee sold at Horne’s estate sale conducted at Doyle New York, February 23, 2011.  The Richard Avedon contact sheets of Horne sold for $ 8,750; the Chuck Stewart for $ 750; the Carl Van Vechten portrait of Horne sold for $ 3,438; and the Van der Zee for $ 9,375 and $ 3,438.

The Avedon, Stewart, Van Vechten, and Van der Zee photographs are all silver gelatin prints.  A color photograph of Horne by Wendy Hilty, Lena Horne, ca. 1958, sold for $ 1,088, and a set of three black & white and color photographs by Carol Friedman sold for $500.  Two groups of publicity photographs sold for $ 3,750 and $ 625 respectively.

Low estimates for all the photographs began at $50, and high estimates ended at $300.

Each sales price includes the 25% buyer’s premium.

CHUCK STEWART. Lena Horne. Silver gelatin print, 11 3/8" x 9"


JAMES VAN DER ZEE. Atlantic City, 1930. Silver gelatin print, 6 3/8" x 3 7/8"

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

New York Auction House Photography Sales – March 30 and 31, 2009

There are some noteworthy examples of photographs that feature Black subjects in the Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st sales of Photographs at Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction house in New York.

At Sotheby’s Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Selected Images of Ajitto” feature two silver gelatin prints available for an auction estimate of $15,000 – $25,000. The property is from the art collection of the Bank of America. At Christie’s “Ajitto” 1981 offers four silver gelatin prints estimated for sale at $ 120,000 – $ 180,000.

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946 - 1989) Selected Images of Ajitto
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946 - 1989) Selected Images of Ajitto - for sale at Sotheby's, March 30, 2009
Sothbey’s also offers James Van Der Zee’s work in a portfolio of eighteen photographs focusing on various themes such as family, religion, education, and leisure time. The photographs are dated 1905-1938 and were printed in 1974 by Graphics International, Ltd. based in Washington, D.C. The portfolio is estimated to sell at $ 15,000 to $ 25,000.
Couple, Harlem, 1932
JAMES VAN DER ZEE ( 1886 - 1983) Couple, Harlem, 1932
At Christie’s, a Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) gelatin silver print of a young woman and child sitting on a bed, naked, from his “East 100th Street, New York, 1966-1968” book is estimated to sell at $ 7,000 – $ 9,000. It will be interesting to see whether Davidson’s work fetches within the estimate or exceeds it. “East 100th Street, New York” is a riveting portrayal of the black and latino community living in what is also known as “Spanish Harlem” or El Barrio.

Untitled (from "East 100th Street, New York, 1966-1968)
Untitled (from "East 100th Street, New York, 1966-1968)