Be-Hold Presents First Live Auction, April 28th in New York City

160 lots of fine photographs from daguerreotypes to modern prints will be auctioned live at the Radisson Martinique Hotel in New York City by Be-Hold, a photography auction house that has sold works via catalog and the internet for twenty-five years.

Among the lots are four images representing the African diaspora. The information shown below is cataloged on the Be-Hold/Artfact web site.

"South Carolina, Two Women" by Doris Ulmann 1926 platinum
Lot 92: "South Carolina, Two Women" by Doris Ulmann 1926 platinum

Estimate: $3,000 – $4,000


8″ x 6″ platinum print, vintage ca. 1920. Signed by Ulmann in pen on the mount beneath the image. Label on the verso from the NYNEX collection.

Lynching, Springfield Misssouri
Lot 93: Lynching, Springfield Misssouri

Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000


14″ x 10 7/8″ brown toned matte gelatin silver print. No maker indicated, but “Springfield MO” written in pencil on verso. Sorry to place this immediately following the sensitive double portrait by Doris Ulmann, but this is the other side. There was a “race riot” and a series of lynchings in Springfield in 1906, but there were lynchings there at other times as well, so I haven’t been able to place this in a specific time. What is most striking and important about this photograph is that it well shows the horror of the event — it is even a kind of death portrait of the victim, including the spectators below– but it is also a carefully composed pictorialist photograph.

Josephine Baker Dancing, by Drtikol.
Lot 104: Josephine Baker Dancing, by Drtikol

$3,000 – $4,000


9 1/8″ x 6 ½” matte mounted pigment print, signed by Drtikol and dated 1927 in pencil on the mount, recto, Just a wonderful example of photography poised between drawing and representation, and of course a wonderful subject.

Lot 157: "Karim Keita Le Gentilman - 1967" by Malik Sidibe

$4,000 – $5,000


21 ¼” x 14 ¼” gelatin silver print, signed titled dated 2003 below image, matted and framed. The artist was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Biennial.

You’ll want to be sure to prepare for the auction, in advance. Make sure to see the photographs live, if possible, and inquire about the condition and provenance with the auction house owner, staffer, or representative.

See Be-Hold: Fine Early Photography and Sales for preview times, bidding information, and relevant terms and conditions.