A Look Inside the Catalogue
Our winter 2016 photography auction saw exquisite modernist images, including Lewis W. Hine's dramatic Empire State Building, 1931, as well as Brassaï’s iconic image of artists sketching a nude model, L'Académie Julian, 1932 (pictured below). Further highlights included a 1930s portrait by Alfred Stieglitz of his paramour Dorothy Norman.
Right, Lot 285: Group of 22 photographs from NASA missions, 1965-84, printed circa 1985.
Sold for $43,750.
Lot 61: Ansel Adams, Clearing Winter Storm, silver print, 1944. Sold for $32,500.
Printmaker-turned-photographer Roy DeCarava was represented by two haunting works, Dancers, 1956, and Graduation, 1949. Featured contemporary works included several cibachrome prints by Nan Goldin and Hiroshi Sugimoto's Ostrich – Wart Hog, 1980. The sale also boasted stunning color photographs associated with the space exploration programs of the 1960s and ‘70s.
Right, Lot 144: Roy Decarava, Dancers, silver print, 1981. Sold for $40,000.
Lot 141: Robert Frank,Trolley–New Orleans, silver print, 1955. Sold for $21,250.
Lot 13: Eadweard Muybridge, 50 collotypes from Animal Locomotion, 1887. Sold for $62,500.
Left, Lot 97: Leni Riefenstahl, 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics, including portrait of Jesse Owens,
set of 32 silver prints, 1936. Sold for $30,000.
Right, Lot 56: Lewis W. Hine, Empire State Building, silver print, 1930. Sold for $37,500.
Left, Lot 6: Sixth-plate tintype after a daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, circa 1849-50s. Sold for $37,500.
Right, Lot 32: Edward S. Curtis, Chief of the Desert, Navajo, orotone, 1904. Sold for $23,750.
A rare selection of photobooks included John Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People, Volumes I and II, 1873, and Lucien Clergue's maquette for Picasso en Provence, 1987, with 150 photographs. A group of 50 of Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion collotypes from 1887 was an important early highlight.
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