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Auctionata: Photography - Auction Analysis

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March 2, 2015

The auction of photographs has been held on Thursday, February 26, at Auctionata auction house in New York. The Auctionata: Photography auction was a mix and compilation of works of influential photographers with photographs of contemporary, emerging artists. It was a really good chance for photography lovers to purchase some excellent photographs for a reasonable price. The works of Adam Fuss, Walter Chin and Slim Aarons achieved best prices at this auction.

Walter Chin – Lady Godiva, 2000 (detail) (Lot 65)

Auctionata: Photography – The Overview

Out of 76 photographs that were exposed at Auctionata, only 32 were sold, good for just 42.1 percent of the total number. Also, only 3 lots were sold over the estimated value, which was 4 percent out of total number of lots, or 9.4 percent out the number of sold lots. The rest of 29 lots were sold in range between the starting price and the estimated value – or 90.6 percent of all sold lots. Overall, the sum of hammerprices was $82.481. The sum of estimated values of all sold lots was $138.400, so the final score was -40.4 percent out of estimated values, but 22.6 percent on the sum of starting prices.

Tyler Shields – Hermes Birkin, Gator, Hands, 2014 (Lot 67)

Individual Scores at Auctionata: Photography

The highest hammerprice at Auctionata: Photography had Adam Fuss’ photo Untitled from 2007, which was sold for $8.166, but the estimated value was set at $15.000. Walter Chin’s work called Lady Godiva, from 2000, had hammerprice at the estimated value, that was set at $5000. Third was Slim Aarons photo Poolside Gossip from 1970, that was sold for $5.000 (the estimated value was $6.000). As far as the difference between the estimated value and hammerprice go, the best result had Louis Faurer’s photo Untitled from 1972 that was sold for $2.830, while its estimated value was set at $2.000, so the difference from hammerprice and estimated value was 41.5 percent. In the second place regarding this difference was Tom Kelley’s Pose #1 – Marilyn Monroe which was sold for $2.600 (18.2 percent difference), and number three was André Kertész’s Underwater Swimmer, that had its hammerprice at $1.300 (8.3 percent difference). Just one more hammerprice – the mentioned Walter Chin’s Lady Godiva – reached its estimated value, and all the others were sold bellow their estimated values.

Slim Aarons – Poolside Gossip, 1970 (Lot 53)

The Unsold at Auctionata: Photography

Out of first 14 photos with highest estimated values, 13 went unsold, among them Ruud van Empel’s work ($80.000 estimated value), Vik Muniz’s ($50.000), Richard Avedon’s ($36.000), Massimo Vitali’s ($22.000), David Drebin‘s ($12.000), Lewis Baltz’s and Berenice Abbott’s ($10.000 each). Apparently, estimated values set for auctioned photos were not optimal, so the Auctionata: Photography auction didn’t go that well. We’ll see if this result will become a trend at future auctions of photographs. On the next page you will find the detailed results for all lots that were auctioned at Auctionata.

Next page: Auctionata: Photography – Auction Analysis in Details

Tom Kelley – Pose #1 – Marilyn Monroe, 1949 (Lot 42)

Adam Fuss – Untitled, 2007 (Lot 62)
Loretta Lux – Study of a Girl 2, 2002 (detail) (Lot 68)
Louis Faurer – Untitled, 1972 (detail) (Lot 38)
André Kertész – Underwater Swimmer, 1917 (Lot 1)

Featured image: Adam Fuss – Untitled, 2007 (detail) (Lot 62) All photos courtesy of Auctionata. [mc4wp_form]

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Auctionata: Photography - Auction Analysis in Details

On this page, you will find general numbers for Auctionata: Photography, as well as specific information for every single lot.

Total number of lots:76
Number of sold lots:32
Sold lots [%]:42.1
Number of sold lots over estimated value:3
Over estimated value (Total) [%]:4
Over estimated value (Sold) [%]:9.4
Number of sold lots in range between starting price and estimated value:29
In range between starting price and estimated value (Sold) [%]:90.6
Results were under the spread of [%]:51.4
Lot No.Artist NameArtwork NameYearStarting Price $Estimated Value $Hammer Price $Hammer Estimated Value Difference [%]Hammer Starting Price Difference [%]
1André KertészUnderwater Swimmer1917600120013008.3116.7
2André KertészDo They Play Hide and Seek?193322004500Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
3Jacques-Henri LartigueHuguette Sabouret194215003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
4Jacques-Henri LartigueHuguette Sabouret1942200040002400-4020
5Germaine KrullNude in Cabaret192919003800Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
6BrassaïStill Lifec. 193113002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
7Blanc & DemillyPasserelle195218003600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
8Blanc & DemillyStill Lifec. 193513002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
9Pierre BoucherParis 5193413002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
10Alfred StieglitzGroup of 3 Photogravures, USA1892-1911150030001500-500
11Herbert SeligmannPortrait of Alfred Stieglitz7501500750-500
12Pierre BoucherPhotomontage193713002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
13Willy RonisLe Nu Provençal1949240050003200-3633.3
14Bruno RequillartVersaillesc.197713002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
15Francois KollarFashion Studies13002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
16Alfred Cheney JohnstonPierrot Serenading192015003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
17Man RayPaul and Valentinec. 1935750015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
18Man RayPortrait of Julietc. 195034007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
19Václav JirásekAngel II199313002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
20Theodore RoszakGroup of 4 Photograms, USAc. 1930300060003270-45.59
21WeegeeAt Sammys in the Bowery194410002000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
22WeegeeIn the Paddy Wagon194410002000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
23Berenice AbbottHardware Store1938500010000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
24Berenice AbbottLyric Theatre193640008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
25Berenice AbbottExchange Place193345009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
26Ansel AdamsArchitectural Studies240050002400-520
27Ansel AdamsYosemite National Parkc. 1938100020001800-1080
28Imogen CunninghamUntitled1939-1940240050002400-520
29Imogen CunninghamThe Unmade Bed1957240050002400-520
30Barbara MorganCity Shell193813002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
31Barbara MorganJosé Limón194413002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
32Barbara MorganMartha Graham19405001000930-786
33George Platt Lynes4 Studies, American Ballet Theater Dancers15003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
34George Platt Lynes4 Studies of American Ballet Theater Dancer15003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
35Herbert ListYoung Men, Naxos193775015001415-5.788.7
36Charles HarbuttBoys Smoking in a Car196313002600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
37Louis FaurerHomeless Woman1980100020001000-500
38Louis FaurerUntitled197210002000283041.5183
39Henri Cartier-BressonGarment District1959200040002000-500
40Gianni B. GardinItalian Familyc. 1973150030001500-500
41Don HunsteinBob Dylan and Suze Rotolo1963180060001900-68.35.6
42Tom KelleyPose #1 - Marilyn Monroe194911002200260018.2136.4
43Patrick MorinBrigitte Bardot1961150030001500-500
44Charles HarbuttMilan Woman1970130026001700-34.630.8
45Richard AvedonSuzy Parker19571800036000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
46Deborah TurbevilleBath House (for Vogue)30006000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
47Deborah TurbevilleBath House (for Vogue)1975300060003000-500
48Sante D’OrazioGroup of 4 Gelatin Silver Prints, USA198628005500Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
49Herb RittsFred, backview with chain1984240050002610-47.88.8
50Malick SidibéNuit du 8-7-721972300060003270-45.59
51Malick SidibéDeux Amies au Studio197224005000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
52Laurent RochLe Plongeoir French Riveria2011240050002400-520
53Slim AaronsPoolside Gossip, USA1970300060005000-16.766.7
54Massimo VitaliMondello Paddle Boats20071100022000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
55Vik MunizNortheaster, after Winslow Homer20102600050000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
56Uta BarthFrom ...and to draw...201230006000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
57David HockneyAt Rest, USA1971130026001300-500
58Lewis BaltzPiazza Sigmund Freud1989500010000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
59Adam BartosWest Los Angeles197940008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
60Lewis BaltzVerona Walls199040008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
61Candida HöferSpiegelkantine Hamburg III200020004000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
62Adam FussUntitled20077500150008166-45.68.9
63Chuck CloseFrom Doctors of the World2001400800700-12.575
64Roger BallenSelma Blair and Sphynx200536009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
65Walter ChinLady Godiva, USA20002400500050000108.3
66Chris LevineEquanimous I, UK201422004500Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
67Tyler ShieldsHermes Birkin, Gator, Hands2014340070003600-48.65.9
68Loretta LuxStudy of a Girl 22002380075004140-44.88.9
69Ruud van EmpelBoy20144000080000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
70Elizabeth PeytonUntitled, USAc. 200015003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
71John WatersOuttakes201115003000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
72Edward BurtynskyChina Recycling #9200422004500Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
73Chris JordanSpools, Seattle200718003600Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
74Justine KurlandMeeting on the Hill200010002000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
75James CasebereBarrel Vaulted Room1994380075004500-4018.4
76David DrebinSelfie2014600012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
TOTAL (Sold lots):6730013840082481-40.422.6

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Featured image: Tom Kelley – Pose #1 – Marilyn Monroe, 1949 (detail) (Lot 42) – Courtesy of Auctionata [mc4wp_form]