03 October 2017

Phillips’ October Photographs Auctions Total $6.4 Million

Works by Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Nègre, and László Moholy-Nagy Lead the Sales

Auctions Set 10 New World Records

Total: $6,404,750 / £4,838,789 / €5,451,083

New York, 3 October 2017

Lots Sold: 281 | Lots Offered: 363
Sold by Lot: 77% | Sold by Value: 80%


Vanessa Hallett, Deputy Chairman, Americas and Worldwide Head of Photographs said, “The strong results from our October Photographs auctions underscore the continued strength of the market. We saw participation from all corners of the globe, with bidders from 28 different countries taking part in the auctions across all of our channels. The third and final session of The Odyssey of Collecting was met with an enthusiastic response, selling 91% by value. Our various owners Photographs sale was led by Man Ray’s Rayograph, which realized $300,000. Contemporary artists also performed well, with Christian Marclay’s Untitled (Luciano Pavarotti, Halo and Four Mix Tapes II) more-than-doubling its low estimate, selling for $102,500, and with Sebastião Salgado’s Southern Right Whale, Navigating in the Golfo Nuevo, Valdés Peninsula, Argentina setting a new auction record for the artist at $100,000.”

Christopher Mahoney, Consultant, Photographs, said, “Phillips was honored to work with Joy of Giving Something Foundation this year in offering these rare-to-the-market works from Howard Stein’s remarkable collection in the April and October auctions. The session today was led by Alfred Stieglitz’s Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly, 1903-1917, with works by Charles Nègre, László Moholy-Nagy, and Robert Heinecken also performing well. We were pleased to set a record for Baron Louis-Adolphe Humbert de Molard, when his Sorting Beans: A Group of Argentelle soared to $97,500, nearly 10 times its low estimate. The sale of these photographs will help ensure that JGS’s important mission is met for years to come.”

The Odyssey of Collecting:  Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation  

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

65

Alfred Stieglitz, editor, Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly, 1903-1917

$100,000-150,000

$131,250

£99,159/€111,707

22

László Moholy-Nagy, Self-Portrait, 1925

$30,000-50,000

$112,500

£84,994/€95,749

118

Charles Nègre, Versant de la colline avec cascade et personnage (Slope of the hill with waterfall and figure), circa 1865

$60,000-80,000

$112,500

£84,994/€95,749

189

Yevgeni Khaldei, Original Maquette for Ot Murmanska do Berlina. Sto Mgnovenii Voiny 1941-1945. Sobytiia i Liudi (From Murmansk to Berlin. One Hundred Moments of the War 1941-1945. Events and People.), 1978

$40,000-60,000

$100,000

£75,550/€85,110

117

Baron Louis-Adolphe Humbert de Molard, Sorting Beans:

A Group of Argentelle; Standing, Louis Dodier, 1848

World Auction Record for the Artist

$10,000-15,000

$97,500

£73,661/€82,982

96

Gustave Le Gray, Bateaux quittant le port du Havre

(Ships leaving the port at Le Havre), 1856-1857

$30,000-50,000

$75,000

£56,663/€63,833

75

Alvin Langdon Coburn, Portrait of Arthur Wesley Dow, 1903

$12,000-18,000

$62,500

£47,219/€53,194

154

Robert Heinecken, Selected Images from Are You Rea, 1966-1968

$25,000-35,000

$62,500

£47,219/€53,194

191

David Goldblatt, Selected Images of South Africa,

1962-1989

World Auction Record for the Artist

$25,000-35,000

$60,000

£45,330/€51,066

63

Tina Modotti, Hammock, circa 1926

$15,000-25,000

$60,000

£45,330/€51,066

 

 Photographs

 

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

301

Man Ray, Rayograph, 1922

$250,000-350,000

$300,000

£226,650 /€255,330

290

William Eggleston, Untitled, 1971-1974

$70,000-90,000

$137,500

£103,881 /€117,026

333

Christian Marclay, Untitled (Luciano Pavarotti, Halo and Four Mix Tapes II), 2008

World Auction Record for a Photograph by the Artist

$40,000-60,000

$102,500

£77,439 /€87,238

352

Sebastião Salgado, Southern Right Whale, Navigating in the Golfo Nuevo, Valdés Peninsula, Argentina, 2005

World Auction Record for the Artist

$65,000-85,000

$100,000

£75,550 /€85,110

314

Irving Penn, Mascara Wars, New York, April 17, 2001

$30,000-50,000

$93,750

£70,828 /€79,791

348

Peter Beard, Orphaned Cheetah Cubs (Last Word from Paradise), Mweiga Park Headquarters, near Nyeri, Kenya, 1968

$70,000-90,000

$85,000

£64,218 /€72,344

234

Helmut Newton, Saddle I, Paris, 1976

$50,000-70,000

$81,250

£61,384 /€69,152

329

Vik Muniz, White Flag, after Jasper Johns from Pictures of Magazines 2, 2012

$50,000-70,000

$81,250

£61,384 /€69,152

300

Paul Outerbridge, Jr., Nude with Head Sculpture, 1937

$35,000-45,000

$70,000

£52,885 /€59,577

287

Lewis Wickes Hine, Mechanic at Steam Pump in Electric Power House, circa 1921

$15,000-20,000

$68,750

£51,941 /€58,513

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW AUCTION RECORDS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

352

Sebastião Salgado, Southern Right Whale, Navigating in the Golfo Nuevo, Valdés Peninsula, Argentina, 2005

$65,000-85,000

$100,000

£75,550 /€85,110

 

*previous record price: $97,500 set in 2015

333

Christian Marclay, Untitled (Luciano Pavarotti, Halo and Four Mix Tapes II), 2008

World Auction Record for a Photograph by the Artist

$40,000-60,000

$102,500

£77,439 /€87,238

 

*previous record price: $75,000  set in 2014

117

Baron Louis-Adolphe Humbert de Molard, Sorting Beans:

A Group of Argentelle; Standing, Louis Dodier, 1848

$10,000-15,000

$97,500

£73,661/€82,982

 

*previous record price: $17,792 set in 2011

191

David Goldblatt, Selected Images of South Africa, 1962-1989

$25,000-35,000

$60,000

£45,330/€51,066

 

*previous record price: $52,500 set in 2013

93

Auguste Mestral, Sculpture of St. Denis, Notre Dame,

Paris, circa 1853

$7,000-9,000

$35,000

£26,442/€29,788

 

*previous record price: $11,948 set in 2012

149

Clifford Ross, Wave I, 1997

$7,000-9,000

$22,500

£16,998/€19,149

 

*previous record price: $18,778 set in 2012

122

Ernest Benecke, Nubiens traversant le Nil, 1852

$10,000-15,000

$20,000

£15,110/€17,022

 

*previous record price: $9,375 set in 2014

24

Aenne Biermann, Helga 9 1/2 Jahre alt

(Helga 9 1/2 years old), 1930

$8,000-12,000

$18,750

£14,165/€15,958

 

*previous record price: $16,853 set in 2017

47

George W. French, Thundering On, 1920s

$5,000-7,000

$6,875

£5,194/€5,851

 

*previous record price: $2,644 set in 2004

12

Marvin Newman, Untitled (shadows), 1951

$4,000-6,000

$3,750

£2,833/€3,191

 

*previous record price: $3,585 set in 2003

 
Lots 17, 127, 227, and 242 sold directly after the auction.

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