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Christie's London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction Analysis

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May 24, 2015

On the May 22, we have witnessed a semi-successful auction at Christie’s on King Street, London. Christie’s: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger, the photo editor turned photography dealer, managed to sell only 61 out of 103 lots and to gather $717,222 staying under the sum of high estimates of sold lots for $30,000. Almost one fifth of the gathered money was a merit of lot 30 or August Sander’s Three Young Farmers On Their Way To A Dance, Westerland from 1914 sold for $131,657 and scoring the hammer high estimate difference of 750 percent at the same time!

August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century

People of the Twentieth Century, the collective portrait of German society made by German photographer August Sander, has fascinated viewers from its earliest presentation in a 1927 exhibition and the controversial publication of a selection of 60 images in the book Face of the Time published two years later. Despite Sander’s dedication over five decades to the idea and compilation of this portrait atlas of the German people, the project remained unfinished. Nonetheless, his photographs remain compelling, in part because he chose to categorize his subjects by profession or social class. The images are thus representations of types, as he intended them to be, rather than portraits of individuals.

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The Overview Of Christie's London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction

A partial success was seen at Christie’s London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction. Out of 103 lots, 61 were sold, making that a 59.2 percent of sold lots. Twenty-three percent or 14 lots were sold over high estimate while 24 lots, or 39.3 percent, changed owners for a price under the low estimate. In range of estimated values, we have seen 23 lots being sold, or 37.7 percent. The highest hammer price was seen in the sale of previously mentioned August Sander’s work Three Young Farmers On Their Way To A Dance which was sold for $131,657. Average hammer price at this auction was $11,758. Hammer price median was $6970 (this means that the same number of lots were sold for more than $6970 and for less than $6970). The difference between average hammer price and median was -40.7 percent, which means that almost the same number of lots were sold bellow this auction’s average price as above it.

Besides August Saner’s work, we should mention, as well, other lots with notable results achieved at this auction: Lloyd Ziff’s Robert Mapplethorpe And Patti Smith, Andy Warhol‘s Crosses, Stephen Somerstein’s Martin Luther King Jr and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Eton. On the other hand, some lots failed to achieve even the low estimates: Steven Meisel‘s Linda Evangelista, two artworks by Annie LeibovitzMohammed Ali and Clint Eastwood, Berenice Abbott’s Nightview, Weegee’s Fiorello La Guardia and Howard Sochurek’s Martin Luther King Jr.

Scroll down to see the best and the worst performing lots of Christie’s London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction .

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Stephen Somerstein – Martin Luther King Jr, 1965, (lot 52) Estimated at $3,098 – $4,647. Sold for $9,293. This lot achieved double the hammer price over high estimate.
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Lloyd Ziff – Robert Mapplethorpe And Patti Smith, Brooklyn, New York, 1968, (lot 100) Estimated at $4,647 – $7,745. Sold for $15,489. With a high estimate of $7.745, this lot achieved 100 percent over the high estimate with its hammer price.
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Left: Steven Meisel – Linda Evangelista, 1990, (lot 1) Estimated at $15,489 – $23,234. Sold for $7,745 / Right: Weegee – Fiorello La Guardia, 1940-1945, (lot 43) Estimated at $3,098 – $4,647. Sold for $1,549. This lot was sold for half of the price of low estimate.
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Left: Annie Leibovitz – Clint Eastwood, Burbank, California, 1980, (lot 49) Estimated at $4,647 – $7,745. Sold for $1,162 / Right: Annie Leibovitz – Mohammed Ali, 1979, (lot 35) Estimated at $9,923 – $12,391. Sold for $1,859. This lot scored the worst individual result with 80 percent hammer price under the low estimate.
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Left: Andy Warhol – Crosses, 1982, (lot 82) Estimated at $4,647 – $7,745. Sold for $13,940. This lot scored 80 percent over the high estimate. / Right: Berenice Abbott – Nightview, New York, 1932, (lot 42) Estimated at $3,098 – $4,647. Sold for $1,549.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson – Eton, 1962, (lot 93) Estimated at $12,391 – $15,489. Sold for $24,782. This lot achieved double the price of the low estimate.
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Christie's London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction In Details

Please, scroll down to find out more about each lot that was auctioned at Christie’s London: 20/21 Photographs: Photographs Selected By James Danziger Auction – find out their estimated values, hammer prices and find out which lots weren’t sold.

Lot No.Artist NameArtwork NameLow Estimate $High Estimate $Hammer Price $Hammer High Estimate Difference [%]Hammer Low Estimate Difference [%]
1Steven MeiselLinda Evangelista, 199015489232347745-66.7-50
2Franco RubartelliVeruschka In Yves Saint Laurent Safari, 1968154892323417038-26.710
3Andy WarholSelf-Portrait, 19863097846467Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
4Sedyou KeitaUntitled, 1955929312391Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
5Malick SidibéNuit De Noël, 1963619692936505-305
6Gene LumuelKate Moss, 1988464777454956-366.6
7Chuck CloseKate Moss, 2003123911858713166-29.26.3
8Herb RittsKate Moss 4, Malibu, 19949293123918519-31.2-8.3
9Herb RittsKate Moss 2, Malibu, 199492931239111617-6.225
10O. Winston LinkHot Shot, East Bound, Iaeger, West Virginia, 1956232343097815489-50-33.3
11Hiroshi SugimotoUa, Little Neck, New York, 19782788034076Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
12Leon LevinsteinBack Tattoo, 1965309846472168-53.3-30
13Leon LevinsteinHandball Players, Houston Street, New York, 1969387254214802-11.424
14Irving PennNude, No 40, 1949-50232343097823234-250
15Edward WestonNude Floating, 193961969293100688.362.5
16Henri Cartier-BressonItaly, 1933464777456505-1640
17Edward WestonTwo Shells, 19277745108424647-57.1-40
18Henri Cartier-BressonMartine'S Legs, 196846477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
19George TicePetit'S Mobil Gas Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 197492931239111617-6.225
20George TiceYellow Cab, Wood Avenue, Linden, New Jersey, 1983464777454647-400
21Elliott ErwittNew York City, 1955619692936196-33.30
22George TiceFirst Street, Dixon, Illinois, 198446477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
23Louis StettnerOn The Dutch Ferry, 1958185927881549-44.4-16.7
24Ezra StollerMiami Parking Garage, 1948123911548912391-200
25Ezra StollerTwa Terminal, New York, Ny, 19621548918587Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
26Bill BrandtParlourmaid And Under-Parlourmaid Ready To Serve Dinner, 1933387254215421040
27Lewis HineMechanic At Steam Pump In Electric Power House, 192130984647697050125
28W. Eugene SmithDr Ernest Ceriani Makes A House Call On Foot, Kremmling, Colorado, September 20, 1948, 7745108427745-28.60
29Robert FrankLondon, 19514646761956Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
30August SanderThree Young Farmers On Their Way To A Dance, Westerland, 19141239115489131657750962.5
31BrassaïLes Mauvais Garçons, Deux Voyous, Place D'Italie, Paris, 1932154892323415489-33.30
32Member '531' Of The Amateur Photographic AssociationWoman By Window, 960S61969293Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
33Julia Margaret CameronSappho, Mary Hillier, 18659293123917745-37.5-16.7
34Edward SteichenGeorge Bernard Shaw, The Photographers' Best Model, London, 1907774510842Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
35Annie LeibovitzMohammed Ali, Chicago, 19799293123911859-85-80
36Andy WarholDebbie Harry, 19801548923234Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
37Andy WarholGiorgio Armani, 1981774510842Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
38NasaShadow Of Apollo 11 Against The Surface Of The Moon, July 20, 1969, 309846472323-50-25
39Mayhart StudioA Living Flag, 191730984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
40Neil Armstrong For NasaAstronaut Aldrin, 1969464777456970-1050
41Edward SteichenFlatiron - Evening, 190518587232343097833.366.7
42Berenice AbbottNightview, New York, 1932309846471549-66.7-50
43WeegeeFiorello La Guardia, C 1940-1945309846471549-66.7-50
44Robert FrankHoboken, New Jersey Parade, 19551239115489Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
45Harold Eugene EdgertonWes Fesler'S Football Kick, 193446477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
46Harold Eugene EdgertonGolf Ball And Club, 193446477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
47Frank PowolnyJohn Wayne On The Set Of, 193030984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
48Dennis StockJames Dean With Pig, 195530984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
49Annie LeibovitzClint Eastwood, Burbank, California, 1980464777451162-85-75
50Jim MarshallJanis Joplin, 196830984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
51Garry WinograndUntitled, From Women Are Beautiful, C 197046477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
52Stephen SomersteinMartin Luther King Jr, 1965309846479293100200
53Photographer UnknownSelma, 1965154930981549-500
54Sam ParishCoretta15493098Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
55Irving PennMemphis, Tennessee, April 9, 1968, 2323430978Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
56Harry CallahanNude, No 19, 1949-501548923234Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
57Edward SteichenEleanor, Chicago, 19491084213940Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
58Gene LumuelThe Blue Sky - Dana Steichen, Long Island, 1923619692931084216.775
59Mary MccartneyKate Moss, 19889293123916970-43.7-25
60Andreas FeiningerKate In Boots, April 2011, 30984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
61Enoc PerezSolarised Nude Study, 1937123911548911617-25-6.2
62Gregory CrewdsonUntitled, 201461969293Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
63Gregory CrewdsonUntitled, From The Series 'Twilight', 200161969293Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
64Joel SternfeldUntitled, Flower Totem, 200230984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
65Mcdermott & McgoughExhausted Renegade Elephant, Woodland, Washington, June 1979, 46477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
66Andy WarholDeprived Of Head And Limbs, 199546477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
67Andy WarholMale Study, C 197746477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
68Edward WestonNude, 19369293123919293-250
69Edward WestonNude, 19369293123916196-50-33.3
70Lee FriedlanderMaria, Las Vegas, 1970774510842Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
71Larry ClarkGirl In Bed, Black Eye, C 197046476196Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
72Harry CallahanEleanor, 19531239115489Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
73Elliott ErwittNew York City, 1953619692931316641.7112.5
74Malick SidibéDanseur Merengue, 1964309846472014-56.7-35
75Seydou KeitaUntitled, 19599293123916970-43.7-25
76Seydou KeitaUntitled, 1949-1951929312391Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
77J. D. Okhai OjeikereMkpuk Eba, 1974619692934647-50-25
78J. D. Okhai OjeikereCoiling Penny Penny, 197461969293Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
79Edward WestonNahui Olin, 1923774510842Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
80Andy WarholDebbie Harry, 19801548923234Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
81Andy WarholCrosses, 1982464777451006830116.7
82Andy WarholCrosses, 1982464777451394080200
83Robert CapaD-Day, 1944619692931316641.7112.5
84Hiroji KubotaBlack Panthers Protesting In Chicago Rail Yard, 196830984647Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
85Howard SochurekMartin Luther King Jr, 196015493098774-75-50
86Gustave Le GrayBrig On The Water, 1856464677744561956-2033.3
87Edward WestonShenandoah Valley, 1941619692936196-33.30
88Edward WestonCharis, Lake Ediza, 1937619692934647-50-25
89Jacques Henri-LartigueRenée In Hat, 1930-193246477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
90Jacques Henri-LartigueRenée Perle, 1930-1932774510842Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
91André KerteszMrs Rosskam, Paris, 19271084213940Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
92BrassaïFille De Joie Se Dé Shabillant Gravure 9, Transmutation 6, 193592931239110068-18.78.3
93Henri Cartier-BressonEton, 196212391154892478260100
94Henri Cartier-BressonIndia, 19669293123915421-56.3-41.7
95Robert DoisneauLe Baiser, Place De La Concorde, Paris, 1950619692934956-46.7-20
96Garry WinograndNew York City, C 197046477745Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
97Ron GalellaWindblown Jackie, October 7, 1971, 46477745929320100
98Marcello GeppettiElizabeth Taylor Taking A Break From Filming, September 1961, 232338723408-1246.7
99Ken ReganJackie Kennedy Onassis, C 1970309846472943-36.7-5
100Lloyd ZiffRobert Mapplethorpe And Patti Smith, Brooklyn, New York, 19684647774515489100233.3
101Robert MapplethorpeLynn Davis, 1979387254213717-31.4-4
102Shirin NeshatI Am Its Secret, 1993619692936196-33.30
103Chris LevineLightness Of Being, 20083097838723433691240
TOTAL (Sold lots):522294747811717222-4.137.3
Total number of lots:103
Number of sold lots:61
Sold lots [%]:59.2
Total [$]:717222
Number of sold lots over high estimate:14
Over high estimate (Total) [%]:13.6
Over high estimate (Sold) [%]:23
Number of sold lots in range of estimated values:23
In range of estimated values (Sold) [%]:37.7
Number of sold lots under low estimate:24
Under low estimate (Sold) [%]:39.3
Results were under estimate spread of [%]:29.8
Max Hammer [$]:131657
Average Hammer [$]:11758
Median Hammer [$]:6970
Median Hammer Average Hammer Difference [%]:-40.7

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George Tice – Petit’S Mobil Gas Station, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 1974 (lot 19)

Robert Capa – D-Day, 1944 (lot 83)