Lot 13: Eadweard Muybridge, 50 plates from Animal Locomotion, 1887. Sold February 14, 2017 for $62,500.
Though twentieth century works commanded most of the highest prices, the top lot of the sale was a collection of 50 plates from Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion, 1887, which sold to a private collector for $62,500. All five offered lots by Muybridge sold.
Lot 6: Six-plate tintype of Edgar Allan Poe, after a daguerreotype by William A. Pratt, taken a few weeks before Poe’s death, 1849-late 1850s. Sold February 14, 2017 for $37,500.
One highlight of the sale was a rare sixth-plate tintype of Edgar Allan Poe, taken after a daguerreotype captured just three weeks before this death, which more than doubled its high estimate of $15,000 to sell to a collector after competitive bidding for $37,500.
Lot 32: Edward S. Curtis, Chief of the Desert, Navajo, orotone, 1904. Sold February 14, 2017 for $23,750.
Lot 144: Roy DeCarava, Dancers, silver print, 1956, printed 1981. Sold February 14, 2017 for $40,000, a record for the work.
Both offered lots by Roy DeCarava set auction records, with the 1956 silver print Dancers earning $40,000, above a high estimate of $25,000. Lewis W. Hine’s dramatic silver print Empire State Building, circa 1930, sold for $37,500, above a high estimate of $18,000.
Lot 268: Album with approximately 265 photographs of San Francisco in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, silver prints, 1906. Sold February 14, 2017 for $13,750.
An album of approximately 265 photographs depicting the 1906 San Francisco earthquake was purchased by an institution for $13,750, more than twice its high estimate of $6,000.
Lot 322: Lucien Clergue, Picasso en Provence, maquette for unpublished book featuring 150 candid photographs of Picasso by Clergue, silver prints, 1987. Sold February 14, 2017 for $15,000.
The sale closed with a selection of photobooks. A maquette by Lucien Clergue for his unpublished book Picasso en Provence, featuring 150 candid, intimate and rarely seen photographs of Pablo Picasso, was purchased for $15,000. An early travelogue by Scottish photographer John Thomson, titled Illustrations of China and its People, Volumes I and II, 1873, went to a collector for $15,000. Several editions of Camera Work, the photograph magazine published by Alfred Stieglitz at the dawn of the twentieth century, were offered with a 100% sell-through rate.