14 October 2020

Phillips’ Photographs Sale Realizes $3.5 Million, Setting New Auction Records for Dawoud Bey and Henry Gilpin

Phillips’ Photographs Sale Realizes $3.5 Million,

Setting New Auction Records for Dawoud Bey and Henry Gilpin


New York, 14 October 2020

Sale Total: $3,533,875/ £2,711,542 / €3,006,620


Lots Sold: 186 | Lots Offered: 267                              Sold by Lot: 70% | Sold by Value: 68%




Christopher Mahoney, Senior International Specialist, Photographs, said, “Bidders from across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa all participated in today’s livestreamed auction, a testament to collectors’ enthusiasm for photography and to Phillips’ global reach. Works by twentieth century masters commanded strong prices, with László Moholy-Nagy’s Fotogramm leading the sale at an impressive $375,000, nearly five times its low estimate. Fotogramm is among Moholy-Nagy’s most dynamic photographic works, and its success in today’s auction shows the extent to which his highly experimental vision remains relevant and exciting. We saw strong interest in Transcendence, a selection of landscapes from gallerist and collector Peter Fetterman that included work by Ansel Adams, Sebastião Salgado, and Brett Weston, among others. We were also gratified to set new auction records for Dawoud Bey and Henry Gilpin.”


Top Ten Lots


 New Auction Records


 *Lots 7, 9, 11, 19, 30, and 50 were sold immediately following the auction and included in the sale results.




Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services. Visit www.phillips.com for further information.


*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

 Phillips is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.



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