07 October 2021

Phillips’ Photography Sale Realizes $5.6 Million

Phillips’ Photography Sale Realizes $5.6 Million

 

Strong International Interest Continues for Masters of the Medium with

Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, and Peter Beard Leading the Auction

 

Reframing Beauty Captures the Attention of Collectors Across Categories, Setting a New Record for Peter Hujar

 

Additional New Records Set for Deana Lawson, Ori Gersht, and

Paul Mpagi Sepuya

 

New York, 7 October 2021

Sale Total: $5,612,292 / £4,121,106 / €4,858,000

 

Lots Sold: 241 | Lots Offered: 311

Sold by Lot: 77% | Sold by Value: 81%

  

 

 

Sarah Krueger, Head of Photographs, New York, said, “It was wonderful to welcome bidders back into the saleroom for our Photographs auctions, and to see increasing numbers of bidders from over 40 countries participating by phone, online, and on our app. Twentieth-century American masters led the auction at our new 432 Park Avenue headquarters, with Ansel Adams, Peter Beard, and Robert Frank all figuring prominently in the Top Ten. Collectors also competed for important works from the Düsseldorf School of Photography, with Bernd and Hilla Becher’s Water Towers achieving $138,600 against its estimate of $50,000-70,000 and Thomas Ruff’s Sterne, 17h 51m /-22° realizing $113,400. We now look forward to our November sale in London, which includes a special section of works that are being sold to benefit the Ian Parry Scholarship.”

 

Caroline Deck, Senior Specialist, Photographs, added, “Reframing Beauty was an exceptional collection of images, all of which address many social issues of our time, from deforestation and climate change to LGBTQ+ rights. It was an honor to be entrusted with these rare and important works from a prominent private Seattle collector, and gratifying to see such strong participation from collectors of Photography and Contemporary Art alike. We were especially delighted to set a new record for Peter Hujar with David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II) which soared to $157,500.”

 

 

Top Ten Lots

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

129

Ansel Adams, The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942

$100,000 - 150,000

$289,800

£212,800/€250,851

223

Peter Beard, Prometheus figure with vultures feeding . . . Bacon Studio @ 7 Reece Mews, London SW7, 1976

$120,000 - 180,000

$207,900

£152,661/€179,958

139

Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico, 1956

$80,000 - 120,000

$201,600

£148,035/€174,505

255

Vik Muniz, Three Flags, after Jasper Johns from Pictures of Magazines 2, 2014

$50,000 - 70,000

$163,800

£120,278/€141,785

26

Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II), 1981

$40,000 - 60,000

$157,500

£115,652/€136,332

243

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Water Towers, 1963-1980

$50,000 - 70,000

$138,600

£101,774/€119,972

146

Robert Frank, View from Hotel Window -- Butte, Montana, 1956

$60,000 - 80,000

$126,000

£92,522/€109,066

163

Diane Arbus, Patriotic Young Man with a Flag, N.Y.C., 1967

$50,000 - 70,000

$113,400

£83,270/€98,159

247

Thomas Ruff, Sterne, 17h 51m /-22°, 1990

$50,000 - 70,000

$113,400

£83,270/€98,159

239

Ori Gersht, Untitled 5 from Blow Up, 2007

$25,000 - 35,000

$107,100

£78,644/€92,706

 

New Auction Records

Lot

Description

Estimate

Price Achieved

227

Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz Reclining (II), 1981

$40,000 - 60,000

$157,500

£115,652/€136,332

 

*previous record price: $106,250 set in 2019

227

Deana Lawson, Ring Bearer, 2016

$25,000 - 35,000

$30,240

£22,205/€26,176

 

*previous record price: $12,000 set in 2017

230

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Self-Portrait Study with Two Figures (1506), 2015

$8,000 - 12,000

$13,860

£10,177/€11,997

 

*previous record price: $12,600 set in 2021

239

Ori Gersht, Untitled 5 from Blow Up, 2007

$25,000 - 35,000

$107,100

£78,644/€92,706

 

*previous record price: $57,000 set in 2013

 

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

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