04 April 2019

Phillips’ April Photographs Sales Achieve $10.5 Million  

 

Helmut Newton’s Sie Kommen, Paris  Becomes the

Highest Value Work to be Sold in a Phillips Photographs Auction

At $1.8 Million

 

Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection

Realizes $5.5 Million

 

Combined Sale Total: $10,490,875 / £7,894,383 / €9,352,615

 

Lots Sold: 202 | Lots Offered: 251

Sold by Lot: 80% | Sold by Value: 92%



Vanessa Hallett, Deputy Chairman, Americas, and Worldwide Head of Photographs said,Watching Sie Kommen sell for $1.8 million, over three times its low estimate, was an extraordinary start to the sale day. The work is a tour-de-force of fashion photography and is now the highest value work to ever have been sold in a Phillips Photographs auction, as well as a record for the artist. The momentum of the day sale was continued into the evening where we offered the private collection of Susie Tompkins Buell. The sale generated enthusiastic bidding due to the high caliber of the individual prints, which were additionally strengthened by the full vision of this powerful and cohesive collection. It is a special collection that has earned its place in the history of the market.”

 

Caroline Deck, Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, and Christopher Mahoney, Senior International Specialist said jointly, “It was an honor to work with Susie Tompkins Buell on the sale of works from her celebrated collection.  The sale was a remarkable success, and we are thrilled with the price for Edward Weston’s Circus Tent which sold above estimate for $788,000.  It’s a testament to Susie’s vision that photographers such as Consuelo Kanaga and Dorothea Lange, which she championed so many years ago, were received with such enthusiasm by today’s buyers.  In addition to Kanaga, the sale set records for Margaret Bourke-White and Tina Modotti, demonstrating the ever-increasing demand for high-quality, rare-to-market photographs.”

Passion & Humanity: The Susie Tompkins Buell Collection

New York, 4 April 2019

 

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

12

Edward Weston, Circus Tent, 1924

$400,000 - 600,000

$788,000

£592,970/€702,502

8

Tina Modotti, Telephone Wires, Mexico, 1925

New Auction Record for the Artist

$250,000 - 350,000

$692,000

£520,730/€616,918

15

Edward Steichen, Heavy Roses, Voulangis, France, 1914

$400,000 - 600,000

$524,000

£394,310/€467,146

4

Margaret Bourke-White, Flood Refugees, Louisville, Kentucky, 1937

New Auction Record for the Artist

$150,000 - 250,000

$400,000

£301,000/€356,600

36

Imogen Cunningham, Calla, circa 1925

$250,000 - 350,000

$350,000

£263,375/€312,025

23

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

$100,000 - 150,000

$337,500

£253,969/€300,881

21

Edward Weston, Palm Trunk, Cuernavaca, 1925

$400,000 - 600,000

$275,000

£206,938/€245,163

43

Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, 1921

$200,000 - 300,000

$250,000

£188,125/€222,875

33

Tina Modotti, Roses, Mexico, 1924

$300,000 - 500,000

$220,000

£165,550/€196,130

27

Dorothea Lange, White Angel Breadline, 1933

$100,000 - 150,000

$200,000

£150,500/€178,300

 

NEW AUCTION RECORDS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

1

Consuelo Kanaga, Profile of a Young Girl from the Tennessee Series, 1948

$15,000 - 25,000

$106,250

£79,953/€94,722

 

*previous record price: $17,500 set in 2018

4

Margaret Bourke-White, Flood Refugees, Louisville, Kentucky, 1937

$150,000 - 250,000

$400,000

£301,000/€356,600

 

*previous record price: $352,000 set in 2006

8

Tina Modotti, Telephone Wires, Mexico, 1925

$250,000 - 350,000

$692,000

£520,730/€616,918

 

*previous record price: $485,000 set in 2014

57

Dan Budnick, Selected Images of the Selma to Montgomery Marches, 1965

$6,000 - 8,000

$7,500

£5,644/€6,686

 

*previous record price: $4,800 set in 2015

 

 

 

Photographs

New York, 4 April 2019

TOP TEN LOTS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

85

Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981

New Auction Record for the Artist

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,820,000

£1,369,550/€1,622,530

141

Robert Frank, US 285, New Mexico, 1956

$25,000 - 35,000

$187,500

£141,094/€167,156

74

Peter Beard, Tsavo East (early '60's), (as Brör Blixen knew it in the '20's + '30's), West of Daka Dima/ near the Tiva for The End of the Game/ Last Word from Paradise, 1960

$150,000 - 250,000

$187,500

£141,094/€167,156

205

Bernd And Hilla Becher, Water Towers, 1968-1984

$80,000 - 120,000

$162,500

£122,281/€144,869

139

Robert Frank, Political Rally, Chicago, 1956

$70,000 - 90,000

$137,500

£103,469/€122,581

154

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936

$80,000 - 100,000

$118,750

£89,359/€105,866

114

Garry Winogrand, Women are Beautiful, 1981

$70,000 - 90,000

$87,500

£65,844/€78,006

84

Irving Penn, Kate Moss (Hand on Neck), New York, April 25, 1996

$60,000 - 80,000

$75,000

£56,438/€66,863

61

Sally Mann, The New Mothers, 1989

$20,000 - 30,000

$62,500

£47,031/€55,719

222

Vik Muniz, Burning Standard, after Ed Ruscha from Pictures of Cars, 2008

$40,000 - 60,000

$62,500

£47,031/€55,719

 

NEW AUCTION RECORDS

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

85

Helmut Newton, Sie Kommen, Paris (Dressed and Naked), 1981

$600,000 - 800,000

$1,820,000

£1,369,550/€1,622,530

 

*previous record price: £729,000 set in 2018

136

Charles Moore, Dogs used by Birmingham, Ala. Cops to quell Negro Race Riots, 1963

$15,000 - 25,000

$62,500

£47,031/€55,719

 

*previous record price: $11,875 set in 2011

* Lots 21, 29, 33, 103, 150, 219, and 251 were sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results.