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Christie's: 20/21 Photographs Auction Recap

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April 2, 2015

On Tuesday, March 31, at Rockefeller Plaza in New York, the auction 20/21 Photographs has been held at Christie’s auction house. This was the first of several photographs auctions that are on schedule this week, and it was modestly successful, with seven photos that were sold for $100,000 or more. Couple of them even went for more than $300,000. The best result achieved two photos from beginning of the century – from 1915 and 1918 – both are works by Alfred Stieglitz.

William Eggleston – Untitled, 1971 (detail) (Lot 260)

The Big Picture of Christie’s: 20/21 Photographs

Out of 145 lots that were auctioned at Christie’s on Tuesday, 83 were sold, or 57.2 percent. Only 16 lots were sold over high estimate, which makes 11 percent of total number of lots, or 19.3 percent of sold lots. Thirty one lots changed hands for prices that were in range of estimated values (between low and high estimate), or 37.3 percent. The biggest number of sold lots went under low estimate – 36 of them, or 43.4 percent of sold lots. Also, these 83 lots that were sold, had their total price at $3.4 million – that was -20.2 percent difference between the sum of high estimated prices ($4,26 million) and hammer prices, but +17.9 percent above the sum of low estimated prices ($2.88 million).

William Eggleston – Untitled, 1970 (detail) (Lot 313)

The Best Individual Results At Christie’s: 20/21 Photographs

After those Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs, the highest hammer price at Christie’s had Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque dHiver, Paris from 1955 (Lot 249), that was sold for $280,000 (the estimated value was at $300,000 – $500,000). Diane Arbus’ A Family and Their Car in a Nudist Camp in Pennsylvania from 1965 (Lot 319) changed owners for $200,000 (estimated at $225,000 – $275,000), William Eggleston’s Untitled from 1971 (Lot 260) went for $70,000 ($80,000 – $120,000), and his other photograph, Untitled from 1970 (Lot 313) had its hammer price at $62,000. Francesca Woodman’s Untitled, Rome from 1978 (Lot 265) was sold for $60,000, in estimated range ($50,000 – $70,000), and another Richard Avedon’s photo, Marella Agnelli, New York from 1953 (Lot 247), changed hands for low estimated price of $50,000. Then, three photographs by Ansel Adams (Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park from 1960, The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming from 1942 and Aspens, Northern New Mexico from 1958) were sold for $48,000, $38,000 and $35,000, respectively. Alec Soth’s Falls 26 from 2005 (Lot 216) had its hammer price at $30,0000, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Paramount, Oakland from 1992 (Lot 202) went for $18,000, and Duane Michals’ The Most Beautiful Part of a Womans Body from 1986 (Lot 307) was sold for $11,000. When it comes at the highest difference between hammer price and high estimated price, the best was Irving Penn’s Callot Swallow-tail Dress from 1974, that was sold for $65,000, and the estimated range was set at $20,000 – $30,000, which was good for +116.7 percent difference. Another Penn’s work, Rock Groups, San Francisco from 1967, was sold with +94.4 percent difference, and third was Michael Cooper’s Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band from 1967 with +85.7 percent difference (the lot was estimated at $50,000 – $70,000, and it was sold for $130,000).

Chuck Close – Kate Moss, 2005 (Lot 280)

Christie’s: 20/21 Photographs – The Unsold And Underperforming

And while photographs by Ansel Adams and Irving Penn were among the most successful ones at Christie’s, some other their artworks didn’t do well. Ansel Adams’ Winter Sunrise from Lone Pine, Sierra Nevada from 1944 was the photograph that had highest estimated value ($250,000 – $350,000), but didn’t change owners, as well as Irving Penn’s Woman with Roses on her arm (Lisa Fonssagrives – Penn) from 1950 (estimated at $150,000 – $250,000) and Girl Behind Glass (Jean Patchett), New York from 1949 (estimated at $80,000 – $120,000). Also, Penn’s Woman and Child in Hats, Cuzco from 1948 was estimated at $8,000 – $12,000, but was sold for $5,500, or with -31.3 percent between hammer price and low estimate. The only lot that had lower percentage was André Kertész’s The Stairs of Montmartre, Paris from 1926, which was estimated at $6,000 – $8,000 and had hammer price at $4,000, or with -33.3 percent difference.

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Christie's: 20/21 Photographs In Details

Total number of lots:145
Number of sold lots:83
Sold lots [%]:57.2
Number of sold lots over high estimate:16
Over high estimate (Total) [%]:11
Over high estimate (Sold) [%]:19.3
Number of sold lots in range of estimated values:31
In range of estimated values (Sold) [%]:37.3
Number of sold lots under low estimate:36
Under low estimate (Sold) [%]:43.4
Results were under estimate spread of [%]:32.6
Lot No.Artist NameArtwork NameYearLow Estimate $High Estimate $Hammer Price $Hammer High Estimate Difference [%]Hammer Low Estimate Difference [%]
201Dan HoldsworthUntitled 1 (Hyberborea)2006800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
202Hiroshi SugimotoParamount, Oakland1992200003000018000-40-10
203William EgglestonWedgewood Blue2500035000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
204Todd HidoUntitled #46842005800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
205Robert PolidoriSelf-Portrait Of The King'S Portraitist, The First Antechamber Of Madame Victoire, Château De Versailles1500025000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
206Richard MisrachCloud #9019921200018000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
207Edward BurtynskyShipbreaking #26, Chittagong, Bangladesh200180001200010000-16.725
208Elger EsserSaint-Valery-en-Caux, France20093000050000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
209John ChiaraCounty Line Road at Annis Brake, Southwest, from Mississippi20144000600065008.362.5
210Sebastião SalgadoVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe2008500070005000-28.60
211Sally MannUntitled, from Deep South1996100001500015000050
212Alfred StieglitzThe Steerage1907500070007000040
213Edward S. CurtisCanyon de Chelly1904800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
214Alfred StieglitzEquivalent1927400006000045000-2512.5
215William EgglestonUntitled (Memphis)19755000070000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
216Alec SothFalls 262005250003500030000-14.320
217Ansel AdamsWinter Sunrise from Lone Pine, Sierra Nevada1944250000350000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
218Ansel AdamsAspens, Northern New Mexico1958250003500035000040
219Ansel AdamsRiver and Cliffs, Autumn, Yosemite Valley1939250003500024000-31.4-4
220Ansel AdamsThe Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming1942400006000038000-36.7-5
221Ansel AdamsBridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park1927100001500013500-1035
222Ansel AdamsMoon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park196025000350004800037.192
223Edward WestonDunes, Oceano193610000015000095000-36.7-5
224Ansel AdamsMonolith, the Face of Half Dome1927300005000026000-48-13.3
225Ansel AdamsPortfolio II: The National Parks and Monuments4000060000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
226Ansel AdamsPortfolio III: Yosemite Valley400006000055000-8.337.5
227Paul StrandThe White Fence, Port Kent, New York1916500007000070000040
228Brett WestonStudy of Agave1932150002500017000-3213.3
229Imogen CunninghamShell Collection #31930s2000030000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
230Alfred StieglitzPoplars, Lake Georgec.19361000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
231Alfred StieglitzThe Old Maple, Lake George1926800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
232Eugène AtgetTree Roots, St Cloud19062000030000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
233Alfred StieglitzGeorgia OKeeffe1918400000600000340000-43.3-15
234Edward WestonCharis1935150002500013000-48-13.3
235Josef SudekBouquet1950200003000019000-36.7-5
236Étienne-Jules MareyVol du Goélandc.1883-872500035000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
237Alfred StieglitzFrom the Back-Window, - 291191525000035000039000011.456
238Lee FriedlanderGalax, Virginia196270009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
239Lee FriedlanderNew York City196460008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
240Diane ArbusA house on a hill, Hollywood, Cal1963700090009000028.6
241Diane ArbusTeenage Couple on Hudson Street, NYC19638000012000017000041.7112.5
242Richard AvedonHeidi Hamilton and Gordy Bray, rodeo contestants, Douglas, Wyoming, 7-28-81350005000035000-300
243Robert FrankBar - Gallup, New Mexico19558000012000020000066.7150
244Horst P. HorstEvelyn Tripp in a Design by Charles James, New York195160008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
245André KertészSatiric Dancer, Paris1926800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
246Manuel Alvarez-BravoLa Buena Fama Durmiendo19381000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
247Richard AvedonMarella Agnelli, New York1953500007000050000-28.60
248Richard AvedonSuzy Parker, Evening dress by Dior, Paris studio, Augus19564000060000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
249Richard AvedonDovima with Elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque dHiver, Paris1955300000500000280000-44-6.7
250BrassaïLe Chien de sa Majesté Queen Mary à lAmbassade dAngleterre1935400060003000-50-25
251BrassaïÉcole dAcrobatiec.1933400060003000-50-25
252BrassaïKiki in a Bar in Montparnassec.1932800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
253Irving PennCallot Swallow-tail Dress1974200003000065000116.7225
254Irving PennLarge Sleeve (Sunny Harnett), New York1951300005000026000-48-13.3
255Irving PennBalanchine and Members of American Ballet Theater19481000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
256Irving Penn18 Pieces with Medicine Bottle, New York1980150002500026000473.3
257Irving PennWatercolor Palette, New York, ND400006000040000-33.30
258Irving PennRose, Ranunculus, Dutch Iris, New York20063000050000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
259Michael CooperSgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band1967500007000013000085.7160
260William EgglestonUntitled19718000012000070000-41.7-12.5
261Irving PennMarc Chagall19471000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
262Irving PennRock Groups, San Francisco196712000180003500094.4191.7
263Nan GoldinPatrick Fox and Teri Toye on their wedding night, NYC19878000120007000-41.7-12.5
264Annie LeibovitzJohn Lennon and Yoko Ono, New York, December 8, 198019802500035000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
265Francesca WoodmanUntitled, Rome1978500007000060000-14.320
266Harry CallahanEleanor, Chicago194960008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
267Harry CallahanEleanor, Chicago194960008000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
268Francesca WoodmanTwo Grapefruit1980200003000024000-2020
269Jock SturgesMisty Dawn, Northern California20071000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
270Jock SturgesNicole, Montalivet, France19891000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
271Collier SchorrDas Schloss (Horsti)19941200018000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
272Annie LeibovitzMeryl Streep, New York1981600080006000-250
273Victor SkrebneskiDennis Hopper, Chicago, 3 January, 1990199070009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
274Herb RittsCordula, Hollywood198940006000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
275Helmut NewtonKiss from Bordighera Details1982100001500010000-33.30
276Kohei YoshiyukiUntitled, from The Park197150007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
277Kohei YoshiyukiUntitled, from The Park197150007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
278Helmut NewtonJassara, Rue Aubriot, Paris1977200003000016000-46.7-20
279Robert StiversColor Series19981200018000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
280Chuck CloseKate Moss2005150002500015000-400
281Harry CallahanEleanor, Chicago194870009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
282Man RayCalla Lilies1930400006000038000-36.7-5
283Irving PennWoman with Roses on her arm (Lisa Fonssagrives - Penn)1950150000250000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
284Irving PennThree Dahomey Girls1967200003000018000-40-10
285Irving PennCameroon, Standing Warrior, Seated Girl196920000300003500016.775
286Erwin BlumenfeldSelf-portrait1950s2000030000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
287Erwin BlumenfeldHitler, Grauenfresse (Hitler, Face of Terror), Holland1933200003000016000-46.7-20
289Frederick SommerGlass194312000180002200022.283.3
290Emmet GowinConcerning America and Alfred Stieglitz, and Myself1200018000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
291Steve MccurryAfghan Girl, Sharbat Gula, Peshawar, Pakistan1984150002500015000-400
292Alberto KordaGuerrillero Heroico (Che Guevara), 5/3/1960196010000150009000-40-10
293Duane MichalsAndy Warhol19738000120008000-33.30
294Peter BeardFrancis Bacon, March 19721972800012000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
295Peter BeardTayiana, son of Ollenana, February 3rd, 19901990400006000040000-33.30
296Peter BeardLion Pride19761500025000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
297Robert PolidoriSalle dintroduction aux galeries historiques, Versailles1985120001800011000-38.9-8.3
298Adam FussUntitled19923000050000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
299Frederick SommerEight Young Roosters19381200018000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
300Robert HeineckenGlamour Magazine197070009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
301Irving PennCigarette, #37, New York19724000060000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
302Irving PennCamel Pack19752000030000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
303Irving PennGirl Behind Glass (Jean Patchett), New York194980000120000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
304Irving PennWoman and Child in Hats, Cuzco19488000120005500-54.2-31.3
305Irving PennYoung Quechuan Man Dressed in Handsome but Functional Pants19481000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
306Duane MichalsThe Human Condition1969400060006000050
307Duane MichalsThe Most Beautiful Part of a Womans Body1986400060001100083.3175
308Harry CallahanProvidence, RI1970500070005000-28.60
309Rineke DijkstraKora, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, July 1, 20002000200003000016000-46.7-20
310Richard MisrachUntitled, from On the Beach, #763-032003300005000035000-3016.7
311Rineke DijkstraDe Panne, Belgium, August 7, 1992199210000150009000-40-10
312Rineke DijkstraHilton Head Island, SC, USA1992400060004000-33.30
313William EgglestonUntitled1970500007000062000-11.424
314Robert FrankMotorama - Los Angeles1956500007000045000-35.7-10
315Robert FrankCity of London19515000070000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
316Garry WinograndWorlds Fair, New York City19647000900095005.635.7
317Garry WinograndUntitled1950s8000120001600033.3100
318Garry WinograndNew York1968500070004500-35.7-10
319Diane ArbusA Family and Their Car in a Nudist Camp in Pennsylvania1965225000275000200000-27.3-11.1
320Berenice AbbottCity Arabesque, Manhattan19368000120008500-29.26.3
321Ruth OrkinWhite Cars, West 88th Street, New York City195050007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
322Ruth OrkinTired Little Boy after Circus in Madison Square Garden1949500070004200-40-16
323Brett WestonNew York Sidewalk1945-194670009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
324Walker EvansPenny Picture Display19361000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
325Charles SheelerEscape1950200003000016000-46.7-20
326Walker EvansSubway Portc.1938-4110000150009000-40-10
327Helen LevittNew Yorkc.194270009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
328Helen LevittNew Yorkc.1942500070004800-31.4-4
329Helen LevittNew York19401000015000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
330Irving PennMarchand de Concombres, Paris19503000050000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
331Irving PennChevrier, Paris1950400006000035000-41.7-12.5
332Henri Cartier-BressonRue Mouffetard1954120001800014000-22.216.7
333Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Matisse, Vence, France19448000120007000-41.7-12.5
334Bill BrandtAt Charlie Browns19451500025000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
335Anders PetersenMarlene, Café Lehmitz, Hamburg197030005000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
336Anders PetersenElfriede, Café Lehmitz, Hamburg197030005000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
337Diane ArbusRussian midget friends in a living room on 100th St, NYC196310000150002000033.3100
338Diane ArbusA Jewish Couple Dancing, NYC196360008000100002566.7
339Henri Cartier-BressonSienna, Italy193370009000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
340Henri Cartier-BressonHyères, France1932100001500011000-26.710
341André KertészAux Halles192850007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
342André KertészEast Walk of Conservatory Pond, Central Park1944600080004800-40-20
343André KertészParis Looking Down192950007000Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
344André KertészThe Stairs of Montmartre, Paris1926600080004000-50-33.3
345André KertészQuai dOrsay1926500070004000-42.9-20
TOTAL (Sold lots):288000042570003395800-20.217.9

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Todd Hido – Untitled #4684, 2005 (Lot 204)
Sebastio Salgado – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 2008 (Lot 210)
Sally Mann – Untitled, from ‘Deep South’, 1996 (Lot 211)
Rineke Dijkstra – Kora, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany, July 1, 2000 (Lot 309)
Rineke Dijkstra – De Panne, Belgium, August 7, 1992 (Lot 311)
Richard Avedon – Dovima with Elephants, Evening dress by Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, 1955 (detail) (Lot 249)
Michael Cooper – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 (Lot 259)
Irving Penn – Callot Swallow-tail Dress, 1974 (detail) (Lot 253)
Helmut Newton – Jassara, Rue Aubriot, Paris 1977 (detail) (Lot 278)
Ansel Adams – Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958 (Lot 218)
Diane Arbus – Teenage Couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C., 1963 (Lot 241)
Diane Arbus – A Family and Their Car in a Nudist Camp in Pennsylvania, 1965 (Lot 319)

Featured images: – Richard Avedon – Marella Agnelli, New York, December 1953 (detail) (Lot 247) – Helmut Newton – Kiss from Bordighera Details, 1982 (detail) (Lot 275)

Also in slider: – Robert Frank – Motorama – Los Angeles, 1956 (Lot 314)

All images courtesy of Christie’s