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    8 April 2024

    Phillips’ April Photographs Auctions Realize $5.2 Million

    Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation Achieves $2.2 Million, with Proceeds Benefitting Charity

    New Auction Records Set for Alec Soth and Vee Speers

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    20 March 2024

    Phillips’ New York Photographs Auction on 5 April Showcases Esteemed Works by Renowned Artists

    Featuring the Full Spectrum of the Photographic Medium, From Alfred Stieglitz to Hiroshi Sugimoto, and More

    Sale to Include a Select Single-Owner Offering, Figure + Form: Photographs from a Private Collection

    Auction Follows Dedicated Sale on 4 April of Photographs from the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation

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    7 March 2024

    Phillips to Offer Photographs from The Martin Z. Margulies Foundation

    Works from the Esteemed Collection to be Sold in a Series of Auctions, Premiering on 4 April in New York

    Proceeds to Benefit the Charitable Goals of the Foundation

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Photographs Department

Phillips' Photographs department leads the field by anticipating and engaging with ever-evolving collecting trends. Distinguished by our balanced presentation of classic and contemporary works, we achieve top results across all genres, from current stars to masters who have come to define the medium.

Our high standards for quality and long-standing relationships with collectors are the foundations of our success. These key characteristics enabled us to set more than 100 world auction records for renowned artists spanning the history of the medium from the 19th century to today, including the world auction record for Helmut Newton with Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981, achieving $1,820,000 in April 2019, breaking our previous auction record for the artist.

The Photographs department realizes robust results for our single-owner sale consignors, champions new talent—setting incredible sale-price precedents when introducing Alex Prager, Ruud Van Empel and Awol Erizku to auction—and continually innovates our sales. ULTIMATE, our unique platform in London features exclusive auction highlights and showcases rare-to-market masterworks; past partners for ULTIMATE include Vogue and Calvin Klein.
Our tenured International Photographs department—headquartered in New York and London, with representatives strategically positioned across the globe—cultivates connections with key market figures, from curators and collectors to advisors and dealers. Our ability to produce consistent, substantial returns while setting world auction records reflects our profound commitment to our clients and our ability to bring premier examples of the medium to auction.

If you are interested in receiving a valuation, selling your photographs with Phillips, or would like advice on growing your collection, please contact us at or +1 212 940 1252.

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