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Phillips London: Photographs Auction Analysis

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May 23, 2015

Phillips made a notable result with Photography Auction held on May 21 in London. Out of 142 offered lots, 111 of them were sold, proving the popularity of photography prints amongst art collectors. The total sum of money this auction gathered was only a $130000 shorter of the sum of high estimates of sold lots. The highest hammer price was seen in the sale of Herb Ritts’ Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage from 1990, but the best individual result was achieved with the sale of Wolfgang TillmansAnemone II from 2003.

Herb Ritts And His Sculpted Silhouettes

Herb Ritts was an American photographer famous for his black and white portraits resembling, with their stillness and aesthetics, to monumental and motionless classical Greek sculptures. He was able to breath in a sensuous feeling of closeness to earth, wind and water by placing almost natural fashion portraits amidst the pieces of terrain or ocean ephemera. Ritts’ Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage nourishes us with delights of abstraction through combination of sculpted silhouette with confined space inside a canopy. This image, that used to belong to Sir Elthon John, was originally created as a part of an advertising campaign for Versace featuring the supermodel Christy Turlington.

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The Overview Of Phillips London: Photography Auction

A great 78.2 percent of lots were sold at Phillips London: Photography auction, or 111 lots out of 142. These sold lots gathered $2,179,906 which was for 5.7 percent less than the sum of their high estimates ($2,310,715). Thirty-nine lots, or 35.1 percent were sold over high estimate, as oppose to 27 lots, or 24.4 percent, sold under low estimate. Number of sold lots in range of estimated values stopped at 45. Maximum hammer price was seen in the sale of lot 23 with a hammer price of $203,174.  Average hammer price at this auction was $19,639. Hammer price median was $10,940 (this means that the same number of lots were sold for more than $10,940 and for less than $10,940). The difference between average hammer price and median was -44.3 percent, which means that almost the same number of lots were sold bellow this auction’s average price as above it.

After Ritts’ artwork, the highest hammer prices were seen in the sales of Florian Maier-Aichen’s Untitled (Saddle Peak) from 2004 sold for $140,659, and Ruud van Empel’s Boy & Girl for $101,587. The best performing lots with high hammer estimate differences are Wolfgang Tillmans’ Anemone II with 150 percent hammer difference over high estimate, Elliott Erwitt’s California with 140 percent, Nick Brandt‘s Portrait of Zebra Mother and Baby with 116,7 percent and Miroslav Tichý’s Untitled with 110 percent.

Scroll down to see details of the most successful lots of Phillips London: Photography auction.

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Left: Florian Maier-Aichen – Untitled (Saddle Peak), 2004, (lot 40) Estimated at $62,515 – $93,773. Sold for $140,659. This lot made it to the second place for the priciest artworks sold. / Right: Herb Ritts – Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990, (lot 23) Estimated at $109,402 – $140,659. Sold for $203,174. The most expensive lot of this auction.
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Nick Brandt – Portrait of Zebra Mother and Baby, Ngorongoro, 2005, (lot 114) Estimated at $3,126 – $4,689. Sold for $10,159. This lot had a nice hammer high estimate difference with 116.7 percent.
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Left: Miroslav Tichý – Untitled, 1950-1980, (lot 32) Estimated at $2,344 – $3,126. Sold for $6,564. / Right: Sarah Moon – The Clock, 1999, (lot 21) Estimated at $6,252 – $9,377. Sold for $4,689. This lot performed badly and was sold for a price that was 25 percent under the low estimate.
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Left: Horst P. Horst – Classical Head with Flowers, 1988, (lot 12) Estimated at $18,755 – $28,132. Sold for $14,066. Sold at a hammer price 25 percent under the low estimated value / Right: Wolfgang Tillmans – Anemone II, 2003, (lot 18) Estimated at $3,126 – $4,689. Sold for $11,722. The best achievement of the auction with 150 percent over the high estimate value.
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Left: Bill Brandt – Nude, Hampstead, London, 1952, (lot 77) Estimated at $4,689 – $7,814. Sold for $3,126. / Right: Ruud van Empel – Boy & Girl, 2008, (lot 116) Estimated at $46,886 – $62,515. Sold for $101,587. The third highest bid of the auction.
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Elliott Erwitt – California, 1955, (lot 132) Estimated at $2,344 – $3,126. Sold for $7,502. The second best performing lot with 140 percent.
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Phillips London: Photography Auction In Details

Please, scroll down to find out more about each lot that was auctioned at Phillips London: Photography 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 [%]
1Miles AldridgeA Dazzling Beauty #4, 200862529377117222587.5
2Mario TestinoKate Moss, for British Vogue, October, 200818755281323750933.3100
3Helmut NewtonSylvia in my studio, Paris, 1981109401406610940-22.20
4Sante D'orazioChristy Turlington, Panoramic View Hotel, Montauk, 199310940140661875533.371.4
5Helmut NewtonUntitled, Paris, U.S. Vogue, (Two pairs of legs), 1995468978144689-400
6Richard AvedonNastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California, June 14, 19816251593773Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
7Sante D'orazioSelected Images, 1991-19967814109408596-21.410
8Herb RittsTatjana in Swimsuit, Hollywood, 1989468962525001-206.7
9Sante D'orazioPamela Anderson, Hollywood, Profile #1, 20009377125039377-250
10Robert MapplethorpePeter Reed, 198062529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
11Robert MapplethorpeLily, 19791250318755Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
12Horst P. HorstClassical Head with Flowers, 1988187552813214066-50-25
13Lillian BassmanAnne Saint-Marie, New York, Chanel Advertising, 195831264689625233.3100
14Frank HorvatGivenchy Hat A, for Jardin des Modes, Paris, 195839075470625214.360
15William KleinSimone + Nina, Piazza di Spagna, Rome (Vogue), 1960312646899377100200
16William KleinAnouk Aimée, Paris (Vogue), 1961312646892813-40-10
17Erwin OlafBarbara from Grief, 20071250318755Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
18Wolfgang TillmansAnemone II, 20033126468911722150275
19Irving PennTuberous Begonia, New York, 1973468866251556264-1020
20Annie LeibovitzKate Moss, for American Vogue, October, 1999937712503156292566.7
21Sarah MoonThe Clock, 1999625293774689-50-25
22William KleinSimone + Painting + Coffee, Rome, 1960625293771094016.775
23Herb RittsVersace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 199010940214065920317444.485.7
24Horst P. HorstMainbocher Corset, Paris, 19399377125039377-250
25Horst P. HorstRound the Clock I, New York, 198793771250312503033.3
26Albert WatsonKate Moss, Marrakech, 19932344331258Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
27Ormond GigliGirls in Windows, New York City, 196015629234433125833.3100
28Guy BourdinCharles Jourdan, Spring, 1976625293771562966.7150
29Guy BourdinFrench Vogue, Dec 1976 - Jan 19779377125031875550100
30Robert MapplethorpeLisa Lyon, 1982312646892813-40-10
31Robert MapplethorpeLisa Lyon, 198231264689Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
32Miroslav TichýUntitled, 1950-1980234431266564110180
33Miroslav TichýUntitled, 1950-198031264689781466.6150
34David LaChapelleJesus is my Homeboy: Anointing, 20034688662515Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
35Gregory CrewdsonSelected Images, 2002109401406612503-11.114.3
36Elger EsserMincio, Italien, 19982344331258Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
37Ori GershtWildflowers from Flowers, 2004156292344323443050
38Gregory CrewdsonUntitled (Ray of Light) from Twilight, 2001281323438334383022.2
39Elger EsserBeg en Aud, Frankreich, 2006281323438325006-27.3-11.1
40Florian Maier-AichenUntitled (Saddle Peak), 2004625159377314065950125
41Pieter HugoMallam Mantari Lamal with Mainasara, Nigeria from The Hyena and Other Men, 2005390725470154701040
42Taisuke KoyamaUntitled (Rainbow Waves 19), 2013625293776252-33.30
43Yosuke TakedaStay Gold 144540 from Digital Flare, 20141094014066148475.635.7
44Daisuke YokotaCloud, 20149377125037814-37.5-16.7
45Mika NinagawaPlant a Tree, 2011781410940Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
46Yoshinori MizutaniMoonlight 02, 2014625293776252-33.30
47Natsumi HayashiToday’s Levitation 06/25/2011, 201462529377101598.362.5
48Yumiko UtsuOctopus Portrait, 200962529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
49Barry FrydlenderSmoking, Sinai, 2004468866251540635-35-13.3
50Walter PfeifferUntitled, 20139377125039377-250
51Sølve SundsbøKaren I, 20049377125031953656.3108.3
52Lyle OwerkoBoombox/23 (JVC M70), 2008125031875512503-33.30
53Beau DunnGlam Barbie #1, 2014125031875512503-33.30
54Kim JoonBlue Fish, 200815629234432735016.775
55Debbie HanMasturbating Grace I, 2007125031875512503-33.30
56Antoine VerglasRoad Trip, 20019377125031875550100
57Michael DweckMermaid 18, Weeki Wachee, Florida, 200715629234433438346.7120
58Magda BiernatLifeguard Houses, 20107814109407033-35.7-10
59Frank ThielUntitled #01 from City TV, (Berlin), 1998937712503Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
60Hiroshi SugimotoDraken, Göteborg, 2001187552813223443-16.725
61Candida HöferPalais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles III, 20063438343761Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
62Gilbert & GeorgeWhite Hands, 200810158711721685958-26.7-15.4
63Vanessa BeecroftVB48.008.DR, Palazzo Ducale, Genoa, 2001234433907220317-48-13.3
64Vanessa BeecroftVB26.038, Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples, 1997937712503Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
65Steven KleinX Static Process 02, 20021094014066Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
66Hendrik KerstensNapkin, February, 2009109401406610159-27.8-7.1
67Desiree DolronXteriors XI, 2001-2007468866251543761-30-6.7
68William ClaxtonHalima and Chet Baker, Redondo Beach, 1955468978145001-366.7
69Annie LeibovitzMikhail Baryshnikov, Brussels, Belgium, 1990781410940Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
70Irving PennSpencer Tracy, New York, Mar. 23, 1948156292344312503-46.7-20
71Bruce BernardFrancis Bacon in his studio, Reece Mews, 1983468978147814066.6
72Eve ArnoldPaul Newman at Lee Strasberg's Studio, New York, 195546897814Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
73Terry O'NeillFrank Sinatra on the Boardwalk, Miami, 1968156292344315629-33.30
74William KleinGun 1, New York, 1955234439074063473.3
75David BaileyBox of Pin-Ups7814109401406628.680
76David BaileyJohn Lennon, 1965187552813218755-33.30
77Bill BrandtNude, Hampstead, London, 1952468978143126-60-33.3
78Bill BrandtHornton Street, Campden Hill, London, 1930s31264689Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
79Bill BrandtRené Magritte with his picture 'The Great War', Brussels, 1966390746893126-33.3-20
80Erwin BlumenfeldMirror (Tedi Thurman), 19471250318755Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
81Bill BrandtNude, London, 195293771250310159-18.78.3
82Elliott ErwittNorth Carolina, 1950234439074063473.3
83René BurriCordoba, Argentina, 1958312646893751-2020
84William KleinRolling Stones Concert, Paris, 198278141094010159-7.130
85William KleinBig Face in Crowd, New York, 1955234431261875-40-20
86William EgglestonUntitled, 1965-1974625293776252-33.30
87William EgglestonUntitled, 1965-197462529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
88William EgglestonUntitled (Baby Doll Cadillac), 1965-1974468867814439072-50-16.7
89Diane ArbusIdentical Twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967390720547008Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
91Vik MunizBette Davis from Pictures of Diamonds, 2004468866251539072-37.5-16.7
92Cindy ShermanUntitled (Lucille Ball), 19757814109407814-28.60
93Nan GoldinSelf-portrait in the mirror, Hotel Baur au Lac, Zürich, 199846897814Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
94Vik MunizReversal Grey Marilyn from Pictures of Diamond Dust, 2003390725470134383-37.1-12
95David HockneyGeorge, Blanche, Celia, Albert and Percy, London, January, 1983156292344317192-26.710
96Vik MunizThe Poppy Field at Argenteuil, after Claude Monet from Pictures of Pigment, 2005468866251546886-250
97Robert PolidoriSalle du Maroc, Salles de l’Afrique, Aile du Nord – 1er étage, Chateau de Versailles, 1983125031875510940-41.7-12.5
98Robert PolidoriMichel Anguier by Jacques d’Agar, 1675, Salle la surintendance de Colbert, Salles du XVII, Aile du Nord – R.d.C, Chateau de Versailles, 1984187552813225006-11.133.3
99Abelardo MorellCamera Obscura Image of Manhattan View Looking West in Empty Room, 19963907547059398.652
100Abelardo MorellCamera Obscura: View of the Brooklyn Bridge in Bedroom, 2009125031875510940-41.7-12.5
101Sebastião SalgadoIceberg Between the Paulet Islands and the Shetland Islands, Antarctica, 20053438343761547012559.1
102Sebastião SalgadoChurchgate Station, Western Railroad Line, Bombay, India, 1995234433125823443-250
103Peter BeardHunting Cheetahs on the Taru Desert, Kenya, June, 19603125846886500126.760
104Sebastião SalgadoCrossing the Ob River to enter the Arctic Circle, Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 20119377125038596-31.2-8.3
105Peter BeardLarge tusker (c. 150 lbs per side), Tsavo North, near hunting block 33/ Ithumber Hill on the Athi-Tiva dry river, February, 196515629234432656913.370
106Peter BeardModel, n.d.625293776252-33.30
108Peter BeardRhino Roping with Ken Randall in Darajani, Tsavo, Kenya, 1964-1965937712503132846.241.7
109Peter BeardAlistair and Croc, The Mingled Destinies of Crocodiles and Men, Lake Rudolf, Kenya, 1965109401406610940-22.20
110Britta JaschinskiLight and Dark62529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
111Peter BeardLoliondo Lion Charge, 19641562923443250066.760
112Nick BrandtElephants on the move, Amboseli, 2006234433125826569-1513.3
113Nick BrandtZebras crossing river, Maasai Mara, 200618755281323125811.166.7
114Nick BrandtPortrait of Zebra Mother and Baby, Ngorongoro, 20053126468910159116.7225
115Ruud van EmpelDawn #4, 20087814109407033-35.7-10
116Ruud van EmpelBoy & Girl, 2008468866251510158762.5116.7
117Vee SpeersUntitled #37 from The Birthday Party, 200862529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
118Loretta LuxStudy of a Boy 2, 200262529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
119Loretta LuxThe Red Ball 2, 200062529377Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
120Simon NorfolkThe North Gate of Baghdad (After Corot) from Scenes from a Liberated Baghdad, 200362529377117222587.5
121Sebastião SalgadoMali, 198546897814Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
122Steve McCurrySharbat Gula, Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 19847814109401406628.680
123Boris MikhailovUntitled from Case History, 1997-199878141094010471-4.334
124Boris MikhailovUntitled from Case History, 1997-19987814109409377-14.320
125Josef KoudelkaMatriarch, n.d.109401406610159-27.8-7.1
126Malick SidibéNuit de Noël (Happy-Club), 19637814109401719257.1120
127Irving PennFour Photographs of Grapes (A), New York, Feb, 1966109401406610940-22.20
128René BurriSão Paulo, Brazil, 1960468978147033-1050
129Louis FaurerPark Ave. Garage at Hotel Marguery, New York City, 1950781410940Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
130Elliott ErwittNew York, 194623443126Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
131Elliott ErwittParis, 1989234439072813-2820
132Elliott ErwittCalifornia, 1955234431267502140220.1
133Henri Cartier-BressonAquila degli Abruzzi, Italy, 19527814109407033-35.7-10
134René BurriWilted Lotus Blossoms, former Summer Palace, Kunming Lake, Beijing, China, 1964468978145470-3016.7
135Henri Cartier-BressonThe Palais Royal Gardens, Paris, 19597814109401250314.360
136Nobuyoshi ArakiKomari from L'amant d'août, 2002109401406610159-27.8-7.1
137Nobuyoshi ArakiUntitled (Orchid), n.d.39075470Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
138Nobuyoshi ArakiUntitled (Delphinium), 200231264689Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
139Eikoh HosoeBarakei (Ordeal by Roses) #32, 1961468978144689-400
140Nobuyoshi ArakiUntitled, n.d.31264689Not SoldNot SoldNot Sold
141Nobuyoshi ArakiPainting Flower, 2004468978144689-400
142Nobuyoshi ArakiUntitled from PaINting, 2010547070336564-6.720
143Henri Cartier-BressonThe Decisive Moment, 1952; The Europeans, 1955390746894376-6.712
144Helmut NewtonSumo390754703438-37.1-12
TOTAL (Sold lots):166134023107152179906-5.731.2
Total number of lots:142
Number of sold lots:111
Sold lots [%]:78.2
Total [$]:2179906
Number of sold lots over high estimate:39
Over high estimate (Total) [%]:27.5
Over high estimate (Sold) [%]:35.1
Number of sold lots in range of estimated values:45
In range of estimated values (Sold) [%]:40.5
Number of sold lots under low estimate:27
Under low estimate (Sold) [%]:24.4
Results were under estimate spread of [%]:28.4
Max Hammer [$]:203174
Average Hammer [$]:19639
Median Hammer [$]:10940
Median Hammer Average Hammer Difference [%]:-44.3

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Featured images:

Guy Bourdin – French Vogue, Dec 1976 – Jan 1977, (lot 29)

René Burri – São Paulo, Brazil, 1960, (lot 128)

Elliott Erwitt – North Carolina, 1950, (lot 82)

Also in slider:

Abelardo Morell – Camera Obscura View of the Brooklyn Bridge in Bedroom, 2009, (lot 100)

Sebastião Salgado – Churchgate Station, Western Railroad Line, Bombay, India, 1995, (lot 102)

Louis Faurer – Park Ave. Garage at Hotel Marguery, New York City, 1950, (lot 129)

Robert Polidori – Salle du Maroc, Salles de l’Afrique, Aile du Nord – 1er étage, Chateau de Versailles, 1983, (lot 97)