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Christie's - Photographies, Icons & Style Auction Analysis

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July 6, 2015

A pretty average auction took place at Christie’s Paris, where Photographies, Icons & Style auction has been held on June 30. It came just when the big Contemporary art auction week has started, so maybe there were less collectors interested in it than usual, since their focus was somewhere else – in London. Around three-quarters of lots were sold, with the total amount of money gathered ($1.55 million without buyer’s premium) just in the middle of the estimated range for sold lots. Photographies, Icons & Style sale was marked by 15 works by Irving Penn (12 was sold), and by a huge sale of Helmut Newton’s Big Nude II – it had its hammer price well above $300,000 (also without buyer’s premium).

Helmut Newton’s Big Nude II – The Second Best Result of the Big Nude Series

According to Christie’s, Helmut Newton’s Big Nude II achieved the second best result for a print of the Big Nude series at auction. This was the first and most important set of the life-size nude figure studies that Newton started in 1980, for a Paris Vogue shoot. The common characteristic of every Big Nude is that a model is standing, facing forward, and has similar light conditions. In his own words, Newton didn’t photograph what he sees, but what he has seen, recreating the social scenario and giving each of his photo a documentary value. Big Nudes were inspired by the life size photographs of the the Bader-Meinhof terrorist group, that were used by the German Police and later given to the press.

(Lot info courtesy of Christie’s)

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Irving Penn's Big Afternoon at Christie's Paris

Despite of the fact that Newton’s Big Nude II scored big and had a share of more than 21 percent of the whole sale, two out of his four works remained unsold, and the other sold lot (Two Playmates II) had ten times smaller hammer price. The real winner of Photographies, Icons & Style sale were works by Irving Penn – out of total of 63 auctioned artworks at Christie’s, 15 were Penn’s. An 80 percent of them were sold (better percentage than the auction itself), for a total of $763,138 – around half of the value of all sold lots. Also, after Big Nude II, Penn’s works had next four biggest hammer prices (Black and White Vogue Cover (B) (Jean Patchett), Girl Behind Bottle, Two Liqueurs and Harlequin dress). All five works by Horst P. Horst were sold (although just one for a five-figure price), while both photographs of Björk by Stéphane Sednaoui were sold, both for low estimate.

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Stéphane Sednaoui – Bjork, Big Time Sensuality, 1993 (Lot 9). Estimated at $8,874 – $13,311, sold for low estimate.
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Left: Steve Mccurry – Afghan Girl, 1984 (Lot 7). Estimated at $6,655 – $8,874, sold for $13,311, or with +50 percent difference between hammer price and high estimate. / Right: Irving Penn – Two Liqueurs, New York, 1951 (Lot 32). Estimated at $133,105 – $199,658, sold for low estimate.
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Left: Irving Penn – Ospedale, New York, 1980 (Lot 28). Estimated at $22,184 – $33,276, sold for $24,403 / Right: Helmut Newton – Big Nude II, Paris, 1980 (Lot 16). Estimated at $277,303 – $388,224, sold for $332,763 – it was the highest hammer price of the auction, and more than 21 percent of the whole auction.
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Stéphane Sednaoui – Bjork, Post Album, 1995 (Lot 8). Estimated at $22,184 – $33,276, sold for low estimate.
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Irving Penn – Harlequin dress, 1950 (Lot 38). Estimated at $88,737 – $133,105, sold for $122,013.
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Irving Penn – Black and White Vogue Cover (B) (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950 (Lot 36). Estimated at $88,737 – $110,921, sold for low estimate.
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Auction Results of Photographies, Icons & Style Sale at Christie's

Out of 63 lots, 47 were sold at Photographies, Icons & Style auction in Paris (74.6 percent) for a total of $1,555,890, or with an average lot value of $33,104. More than half (24) lots were sold in range of estimated values, and 13 were sold over high estimate. In two tables bellow, you’ll find the summary of the auction and detailed information on every lot.

Total number of lots:63
Number of sold lots:47
Sold lots [%]:74.6
Total [$]:1.555.890
Number of sold lots over high estimate:13
Over high estimate (Total) [%]:20.6
Over high estimate (Sold) [%]:27.7
Number of sold lots in range of estimated values:24
In range of estimated values (Sold) [%]:51
Number of sold lots under low estimate:10
Under low estimate (Sold) [%]:21.3
Results were under estimate spread of [%]:31.1
Max Hammer [$]:332.763
Average Hammer [$]:33.104
Median Hammer [$]:14.420
Median Hammer Average Hammer Difference [%]:-56.4
Lot No.Artist NameArtwork NameLow Estimate $High Estimate $Hammer Price $Hammer High Estimate Difference [%]Hammer Low Estimate Difference [%]
1Peter BeardVeruschka von Lehndorff & Galo-Galo Guyu rhino roping in Darajani nr Mtito Andei, Kenya 19648.87413.3117.210-45.8-18.8
2Nick BrandtGorilla on Rock, parc des volcans, 200822.18433.27613.311-60-40
3Nick BrandtElephants alone, 20108.87413.311Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
4Peter BeardLioness at Mgarari, vers 19637.7649.98319.966100157.2
5Nick BrandtElephants with skull, 201013.31119.96614.420-27.88.3
6Peter BeardA bend in the Tsavo river, 197611.09216.63824.40346.7120
7Steve MccurryAfghan Girl, 19846.6558.87413.31150100
8Stéphane SednaouiBjork, Post Album, 199522.18433.27622.184-33.30
9Stéphane SednaouiBjork, Big Time Sensuality, 19938.87413.3118.874-33.30
10Nobuyoshi ArakiHana Kinbaku No.1411.09216.63811.092-33.30
11Nobuyoshi ArakiFrom Flower, 19978.87413.311Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
12Nobuyoshi ArakiSans titre (Seated bound nude) from Akt-Tokyo3.3284.4373.549-206.6
13Nobuyoshi ArakiSensual Flower, 19978.87413.3119.983-2512.5
14Daido MoriyamaTights in Shimotakaido, 198713.31119.9669.983-50-25
15Robert MapplethorpeCalla Lilly, 198644.36866.553Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
16Helmut NewtonBig Nude II, Paris, 1980277.303388.224332.763-14.320
17Helmut NewtonTwo Playmates II, Hollywood, 198633.27655.46133.276-400
18Irving PennNude, 1949-195013.31119.96622.18411.166.7
19Helmut NewtonPatti Hansen for Xavier Coiffures, New York, 19767.76411.092Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
20Helmut NewtonPatti Hansen and Winnie Hollman for Xavier coiffures, New York, 19767.76411.092Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
21Helmut NewtonTied up torso, Ramatuelle, 198044.36866.553Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
22Werner BokelbergUschi Obermaier, 19698.87413.31115.52916.775
23RankinBreeding Kate, 200116.63822.18422.184033.3
24Lewis MorleyChristine Keeler, 19635.5467.76413.31171.4140
25Irving PennFive Dahomey girls seated, Dahomey, January 196722.18433.276Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
26Irving PennSitting Girl (Cameroon), 197416.63827.73015.529-44-6.7
27Horst P. HorstOdalisque II, New York, 19434.4376.6557.2108.362.5
28Irving PennOspedale, New York, 198022.18433.27624.403-26.710
29Irving PennSewing Machine with 13 objects, New York, 197916.63827.730Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
30Irving PennCroissant, New York33.27655.46139.932-2820
31Irving PennFish Made of Fish, New York, 193922.18433.276Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
32Irving PennTwo Liqueurs, New York, 1951 133.105199.658133.105-33.30
33William KleinSimone + Coffee + Painting, Rome (Vogue), 19608.87413.3119.983-2512.5
34William KleinNina, Isabella + Evelyn, + Mirrors roof, New York (Vogue), 19628.87413.311Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
35Jeanloup SieffBack is beautiful, 1964-198422.18433.276Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
36Irving PennBlack and White Vogue Cover (B) (Jean Patchett), New York, 195088.737110.92188.737-200
37George Hoyningen-HueneElsa Schiaparelli, vers 19354.4376.6553.882-41.7-12.5
38Irving PennHarlequin dress, 195088.737133.105122.013-8.337.5
39Irving PennCigarette 37, 197233.27644.36835.495-206.7
40Irving PennGirl Behind Bottle, 194977.64599.829177.47477.8128.6
41Horst P. HorstLisa on silk I, New York, 19405.5467.7644.437-42.9-20
42Horst P. HorstHair, 19374.4376.6557.76416.775
43Herbert BayerLonely Metropolitan, 193213.31119.96644.368122.2233.3
44Irving PennCharles James, New York, Feb. 28, 194822.18433.27633.276050
45Horst P. HorstSans titre, 19514.4376.6557.76416.775
46Irving PennSeated Warrior, Sitting Girl (Cameroon), 1969 16.63827.73015.529-44-6.7
47Irving PennGirl in a Bullfighter's hat, Lima, Peru, 194855.46177.64555.461-28.60
48Jeanloup SieffPrix du Jockey club, Paris, 19565.5467.764Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
49Horst P. HorstElsa Schiaparelli, 193611.09216.63812.201-26.710
50Man RayElsa Schiaparelli, vers 19318.87411.0927.764-30-12.5
51Richard AvedonRichard Avedon: Made in France, 1956-20017.76411.092Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
52William KleinSimone + Nina, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue), 19604.4376.6556.655050
53Garry WinograndLos Angeles, 196422.18433.27616.638-50-25
54Henri Cartier-BressonLe Pont des Arts, 19556.6558.874Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
55Elliott ErwittProvence, 19556.6558.8749.98312.550
56Loretta LuxMarianne, 200411.09216.6389.983-40-10
57Loretta LuxTobias, 200611.09216.63812.201-26.710
58Simon NorfolkKing Amanullah's Victory Arch, 20023.3285.546Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
59Simon NorfolkKing Manilla's Victory Arch at Payhane, 20093.3285.546Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
60David LachapelleThe Birth of Venus16.63822.18421.075-526.7
61Erwin OlafThe Ice Cream Parlour (from Rain), 200411.09216.63818.85713.370
62Loretta LuxThe Waiting Girl, 200611.09216.63812.201-26.710
63Eugenia Grandchamp Des RauxLa Sylphide, 20104.4376.6554.437-33.30
TOTAL (Sold lots):1.244.5361.792.4831.555.890-13.225

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