Records & Results: Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks

Our Tuesday, October 25 sale of Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks earned nearly $2 million.

 

Lot 38: Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, albumen print, 1866. Sold for $106,250.

Lot 38: Julia Margaret Cameron, Portrait of Kate Keown, albumen print, 1866. Sold for $106,250.

 

The top lot of the sale was Julia Margaret Cameron’s Portrait of Kate Keown, 1866, one of the first in her series of life-sized heads. The circular albumen print sold for $106,250. A set of 14 first editions by Ed Ruscha, some signed, sold well above their estimate, finally realizing $45,000.

 

Lot 413: Ed Ruscha, Twenty-six Gas Stations, one of fourteen photobooks, 19xx. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Lot 413: Ed Ruscha, fourteen photobooks, first editions, dates vary. Sold for $45,000.

 

The sale broke several auction records, including that of Karsh—Fifteen Portraits, a portfolio by Yousuf Karsh which sold to a collector for $87,500, an auction record for the set. The portfolio includes portraits of such luminaries as Muhammad Ali, Marc Chagall, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Helen Keller and Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

Lot 196: Yousuf Karsh, Karsh—Fifteen Portraits, portfolio with 15 silver prints, 1941-70, printed 1983. Sold for $87,500.

Lot 196: Yousuf Karsh, Karsh—Fifteen Portraits, portfolio with 15 silver prints, 1941-70, printed 1983. Sold for $87,500.

 

An artist record was set for Martin Chambi, whose fifty photographs of Peru from the 1920s sold to a collector for $50,000. At the Time of the Louisville Flood, Kentucky, by Margaret Bourke-White, broke the record for a modern printing of the well-known, and still resonant, image. It sold for $65,000.

 

Lot 101: Martin Chambi, contemporary binder with 50 medium-format photographs of Peru, 1920s. Sold for $50,000.

Lot 101: Martin Chambi, contemporary binder with 50 medium-format photographs of Peru, 1920s. Sold for $50,000.

 

Alfred Stieglitz was well represented in the sale, not only by individual photographs such as The Steerage, but also by his magazines, 291 and Camera Work. The complete series of 291, 1914-15, sold well above its estimate to a private collector for $52,500, while issues of Camera Work, which Stieglitz edited, were divided into smaller lots. The most notable of these was Number 49/50, the final issue of the magazine, which went for $26,250.

 

Lot 59: Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, photogravure, 1907, printed 1915. Sold for $20,000.

Lot 59: Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, photogravure, 1907, printed 1915.
Sold for $20,000.

 

For full results, visit the online catalogue.

The next photography sale at Swann Galleries will be held in February 2017. To consign quality materials, contact Daile Kaplan at dkaplan@swanngalleries.com.