Yesterday’s Top Lots: Fine Photographs & Select Photobooks

The Fine Photographs & Select Photobooks auction yesterday, October 19, 2010, saw much interest in a large selection of photojournalism, as well as a photograph by Annie Leibovitz of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, taken just prior to Lennon’s death. The top sellers for the day, however, were portfolios and albums, including Adam Clark Vroman’s A Trip to Snake Dance, with 76 platinum prints of Native Americans. The album, from August 1895, brought $48,000.

Adam Clark Vroman, A Trip to Snake Dance, Moqui-Indian-towns, and Petrified Forests of Arizona, album with 76 platinum prints, August 1895. Sold for $48,000.
Roman Vishniac, The Vanished World, portfolio with 12 photographs, 1936-38; printed 1977. Sold for $43,200.

Roman Vishniac’s portfolio of Polish Jews in the 1930s, The Vanished World, sold for $43,200. Both set record prices.