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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Photographs Sale – Sotheby’s

On April 3rd, Sotheby’s held a sale of Photographs which included images from the African diaspora. In this posting I am also taking note on the work of Latin American/latino photographers from the modern and contemporary era.

Margaret Bourke-White, Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1950

Lot #72
Margaret Bourke-White, Gold Miners, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sold $ 8,750; Estimate 10,000-15,000 USD

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
#94, Escalera Con Barandal: Sold $ 15,000; Estimate 15,000 – 25,000 USD

#95, La Buena Farma Durmiendo: Sold $ 15,000; Estimate 8,000 – 12,000 USD

#96, Los Agachados: Sold $ 8,125; Estimate 8,000 – 12,000 USD

Lot #132
Robert Frank, Belle Isle-Detroit
Estimate 20,000 – 30,000 USD

Lot #152
Annie Leibovitz, Evander Holyfield
Sold $ 3,750; Estimate 5,000 – 7,000 USD

Lot #168
Andres Serrano, Black Mary
Estimate 30,000 – 50,000 USD

The above reported sales are for hammer price with buyer’s premium.

Round-up on Spring Photography Auctions

The March and April photography auctions have drawn to a close.  Here’s a quick round-up of noteworthy sales.

Christie’s, First Open Post-War and Contemporary Art, New York, Rockefeller Plaza ( SALE 2421, March 10, 2011)

LOT 0035

Lorna Simpson (b. 1960), Nervous Conditions (see right)

Color Polaroid prints with engraved Plexiglas
48 7/8 x 20 1/8 in. (124.1 x 51.1 cm.)
Executed in 1992. This work is number four from an edition of five.

Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000  Price Realized: $ 10,625

SALE TOTAL: 10,278,275 (USD) (Prices include buyer’s premium)

Christie’s, Crossing America: Photographs from the Consolidated Freightways Collection, Part I
New York, Rockefeller Plaza (Sale 2522, 7 April 2011)

Lot 235

P.H. POLK (1898-1984), The Boss, 1932

Gelatin silver print, 9¼ x 7½in. (23.5 x 19.3cm.)

Estimate $2,500 – $3,500 Price realized: $1,750.  First time Christie’s sold a Polk image.

Three (3) Lots

(Lot 237) He’s too tired to change, c 1954

Estimate $4,000 – $6,000  Price realized:$2,750

(Lot 239) Three Men Standing on a Corner, Morning, 1950,
Estimate $4,000 – $6,000  Price realized: $6,875

(Lot 240) Untitled, c 1959,
Estimate $4,000 – $6,000 Price realized: $6,875

All gelatin silver prints.

SALE TOTAL: 1,838,437 (USD) (Prices include buyer’s premium)

Lorna Simpson “HE HE, SHE SHE…” Sells at Polaroid Collection Auction at Sotheby’s

Five large format Polaroid Polacolor prints make up “HE HE, SHE SHE, HE SHE, HE SHE, SHE HE” which sold at Sotheby’s auction of Photograph from the Polaroid Collection on June 21-22, 2010. The photograph, produced by Lorna Simpson, drew a hammer price with buyer’s premium of 21, 250 USD. The photograph was estimated at 20,000 – 30,000 USD. The auction generated a sales total of 12,467,636 USD.

Each print of “HE HE, SHE SHE…” measures 24 x 20 1/2 inches and was part of the traveling exhibition, Selections 6: Works from the Polaroid Collection (1992-1999).

Lorna Simpson, HE HE, SHE SHE, HE SHE, HE SHE, SHE HE, c. 1992

Photography Auctions – April, May, June 2010

I wanted to give you a quick run down of the forthcoming photography auctions you should be aware of. If I’ve missed any, please let me know as I will gladly include on this blog. The below locations are in New York unless otherwise noted. I plan to highlight specific images relevant to our theme of African diaspora photography, in the next few days.

April 2010

Sotheby’s – April 13
Christie’s – April 14 and 15
Phillips de Pury – April 16
In Motion – April 19 (benefit auction)
CEPA – April 24 (10th BIENNIAL PHOTOGRAPHY ART AUCTION)
Humane Society – April 27
Doyle New York – April 28

May 2010

Bonhams – May 18

Bloomsbury – May 19

Phillips de Pury (London) – May 20

Bonhams – May 20

Sotheby’s (London) – May 20

June 2010
Villa Grisebach – June 3

Heritage Auction Galleries – June 9 and 10

Bassenge – June 9

Sotheby’s (The Polaroid Collection) – June 21 and 22