01 October 2019

Phillips’ Photographs Sale Sets New Auction Records for

Single Works by Hannah Wilke and Roy DeCarava

New York, 1 October 2019

Sale Total: $3,534,000/ £2,889,752 / €3,243,505

Lots Sold: 164 | Lots Offered: 247

Sold by Lot: 66% | Sold by Value: 66%



Sarah Krueger, Head of Photographs, New York,
said, “Hannah Wilke’s S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Performalist Self-Portrait with Les Wollam), from the collection of Helen Kornblum, led today’s sale at $225,000, setting a new auction record for a single print by the artist. In addition to the exceptional result for Wilke, we set a record for a single print by Roy DeCarava, whose Hallway, New York soared to $72,500, over seven times its low estimate. A testament to his tremendous contributions to the field of photography, the late Robert Frank’s works also performed particularly well, with images from The Americans figuring prominently in the Top Ten, led by Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, which reached $162,500. We now look forward to turning our attention to the London Photographs sale later this month.”

 

 

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

111

Hannah Wilke, S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Performalist Self-Portrait with Les Wollam),  1974

World Auction Record for a Single Print by the Artist

$180,000 - 280,000

$225,000

£183,983/€206,505

54

Robert Frank, Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey,  1955

$70,000 - 90,000

$162,500

£132,876/€149,143

68

Robert Frank, Trolley, New Orleans,  1955

$50,000 - 70,000

$150,000

£122,655/€137,670

81

Irving Penn, Three Tulips (Red Shine, Black Parrot, Gudoshnik), New York,  1967

$60,000 - 80,000

$102,500

£83,814/€94,075

46

Richard Avedon, Audrey Hepburn and Art Buchwald with Simone, Barbara Mullen, Frederick Eberstadt, and Dr. Reginald Kernan, Evening dresses by Balmain, Dior, Patou, Maxim's, Paris, August, 1959

$40,000 - 60,000

$93,750

£76,659/€86,044

132

Robert Frank, Covered Car— Long Beach, California,  

1955-1956

$70,000 - 90,000

$87,500

£71,549/€80,308

59

Irving Penn, Miles Davis, New York,  1986

$30,000 - 50,000

$75,000

£61,328/€68,835

204

Marina Abramović, Cleaning the Floor,  2004

$60,000 - 80,000

$75,000

£61,328/€68,835

72

Roy DeCarava, Hallway, New York,  1953

World Auction Record for a Single Print by the Artist

$10,000 - 15,000

$72,500

£59,283/€66,541

162

Edward Burtynsky, Manufacturing #17, Deda Chicken Processing Plant, Dehui City, Jilin Province, China,  2005

$30,000 - 50,000

$68,750

£56,217/€63,099

 

NEW AUCTION RECORDS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

111

Hannah Wilke, S.O.S. Starification Object Series (Performalist Self-Portrait with Les Wollam),  1974

World Auction Record for a Single Print by the Artist

$180,000 - 280,000

$225,000

£183,983/€206,505

 

*previous record price: $68,750 set in 2016

72

Roy DeCarava, Hallway, New York,  1953

World Auction Record for a Single Print by the Artist

$10,000 - 15,000

$72,500

£59,283/€66,541

 

*previous record price: $52,500 set in 2019

223

Matthew Brandt, Potem Falls C6M5Y3  from Waterfalls, 2015

$15,000 - 25,000

$20,000

£16,354/€18,356

 

*previous record price: $9,014 set in 2015

52

William Larson, Selected Images from the Fireflies series, 1971

$8,000 - 12,000

$12,500

£10,222/€11,473

 

*previous record price: $3,125 set in 2010

*Lots 101, 149 were sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results.