12 December 2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century      

Personal Photographs from the Collection of Peter Fetterman

Realizes Over $2 million, Doubling Sale Estimate


Several New Records Set for Images at Auction


New York, 12 December 2017

Sale Total: $2,044,125/ £1,530,028 / €1,738,528

Lots Sold: 112 | Lots Offered: 120

   Sold by Lot: 93% | Sold by Value: 98%

Rachel Peart, Photographs Specialist and Head of Sale, said, “We were honored to work with Peter Fetterman in the sale of these photographs, which encompass the true breadth of the photographer’s creative output. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s significance cannot be overstated within the canon of photographic history and our results are a testament to the enduring demand for his work. In today’s auction, we had global participation, with bidders from the US to India to South Africa all vying for these important works of art. Photographs from Cartier-Bresson’s travels across Europe performed particularly well, with Hyères, France leading the sale at $100,000, achieving over eight times its estimate.”  


Peter Fetterman, Collector, and Owner of the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica, said, “Henri Cartier-Bresson played a tremendous role in my life and after spending four decades acquiring these photographs, I am delighted to see that they have found homes where they will no doubt be as cherished by their new guardians as they were by me. I am also pleased to announce that I plan to bring Henri’s legacy forward in helping the next generation of photographers. Proceeds from this sale will be used to fund a new publishing programme for books by emerging photographers, beginning with “Reverence” by American landscape photographer Jeffrey Conley, which will be released in January 2018.”











Price Achieved


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, France, 1932

$12,000 – 18,000




Henri Cartier-Bresson, Siphnos, Greece, 1961




World Record for This Image at Auction


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Near Céreste, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France (self-portrait), 1999





Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1952

$15,000 - 25,000




Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Matisse observing a ceramic vase by Pablo Picasso, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 1951



World Record for This Image at Auction


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martine Franck, Paris, 1967




World Record for This Image at Auction


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Győr, Hungary, 1964





Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brie, France, 1968

$12,000 - 18,000



World Record for This Image at Auction


Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sunday on the banks of the Seine, 1938





Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gardens of the Palais Royal, Paris, 1959

$12,000 - 18,000



World Record for This Image at Auction

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