Sotheby’s October 5, Photographs Sale

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

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.

Roy DeCarava Photographs to Auction at Sotheby’s

Lots 79 through 82 of Sotheby’s April 13th Photography Auction include works by Roy DeCarava. The images were originally included in the library of entertainer and social activist, Harry Belafonte.

Catalogue notes indicate that the images were used as part of the production of Belafonte: New York 19, a CBS television special broadcasted on Sunday, 20 November 1960. Along with DeCarava’s well-known work on jazz musicians and Harlem, he collaborated on album photography for Belafonte.

Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) Dancers' Legs, New York 19, ca. 1956, printed ca. 1960. Estimate: 10,000-15,000 USD. Lot 81.

Photography Auction Calendar — round one

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break.

Here are a first round of photography auction dates to keep in mind for late summer and fall 2009.

Dinka cattle camp of Amak at the end 0f the day...Southern Sudan, 2005 (Sebastiao Salgado). For sale at Philips de Pury, October 15, 2009 (London).
Dinka cattle camp of Amak at the end 0f the day...Southern Sudan, 2005 (Sebastiao Salgado). For sale at Philips de Pury, October 15, 2009 (London).

Cowan’s Auctions

August 28

American History — see daguerreotype photographs of African Americans


October 7

The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman (2pm)

Photographs by Sally Mann (5pm)

October 8


The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

December 7


NOTE: All the above are New York, Rockefeller Center location

May 26, 2010

Photographs (London)


October 9

Photographs (New York)

November 20

Photographs (Paris)

Philips De Pury & Company

October 15

Photographs (London)