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.

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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

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)