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Auction Results - Art & Storytelling: Photographs & Photobooks at Swann


PRELIMINARY RESULTS OF SALE 2406, February 25, 2016:
Sale total: $1,640,195 with Buyer’s Premium
Hammer total: $1,309,050
Estimates for sale as a whole: $1,457,200-$2,147,900
We offered 268 lots; 200 sold (75% sell-through rate by lot)


Top lots                                        Prices with buyer’s premium

  • 99     Ansel Adams, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, mural-sized silver print, 1948, printed 1950s.         $221,000 D
  • 65     Dorothea Lange, The General Strike, Policeman, silver print, 1934.                    $81,250   D
  • 13*   William Saunders, Sketches of Chinese Life and Character, with 50 hand-colored albumen prints, 1871-72.    $65,000   D
  • 21*   Wilson A. Bentley, album with 25 gold-chloride toned microphotographs of snowflakes, 1888-1927.        $52,000   C
  • 115   Garry Winogrand, 15 Big Shots, complete portfolio of silver prints, each signed, 1955-81, printed 1983.        $45,000     C
  • 96     Adams, The Grand Tetons and the Snake River, silver print, 1942, printed 1970s.                $42,500   D
  • 111   Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, evening dress by Grès, Moulin Rouge, oversized silver print, 1957, printed 1977. $35,000   C
  • 83     Margaret Bourke-White, At the time of the flood, Louisville, Kentucky, silver print, 1937, printed 1998.        $32,500   D
  • 156   André Kertész, Washington Square, Winter, oversized silver print, 1954, printed 1960s.            $30,000   C
  • 6       Eadweard Muybridge, Cottonwood Bend, Valley of the Yosemite, No. 15, mammoth-plate albumen print, 1872.    $25,000     D
  • 84     Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue Mouffetard, silver print, 1954, printed 1980s.                    $22,500   C
  • 170   Peter Beard, I’ll Write Whenever I Can, Koobi Fora, Lake Rudolf, silver print with unique hand applications, 1965, printed 1990s.    $22,500   D
  • 24     Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, large-format hand-pulled photogravure on tissue, 1907, printed 1915.        $21,250   C
  • 76     Lewis W. Hine, Construction Worker Standing on an I-Beam Pulling a Rope, Empire State Building, silver print, circa 1931. $21,250   C
  • 37     Hine, Sadie Pfeifer, a Cotton Mill Spinner, Lancaster, South Carolina, silver print, 1908, printed 1920s.     $20,000   D
  • 16     Group of about 250 photographs of the Philippines relating to Dean Worcester’s political ideology, 1902-12.    $18,750   D
  • 186   Irving Penn, Ospedale, platinum-palladium print, 1980, printed 1981.                    $18,750   C
  • 255   Man Ray, Photographs 1920-1934 Paris, first edition, signed and inscribed, 1934.                 $18,750   C
  • 204   BAM Photography Portfolio I, complete with 11 photographs by Avedon, Sherman, Leibovitz and others, 1993-2000, printed 2000.
  • 253   Edward Emerson Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way, Parts I & II, first editions, 1927.        $17,500  D


KEY:    * = Auction Record for the Artist; C = Collector; D = Dealer

    Daile Kaplan, Swann Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, said, “We are thrilled with the success of this sale. Iconic photographs sold competitively, auction records were set for 19th and 20th-century images and clients new to the photography marketplace were successful bidders. Auction prices for vernacular imagery continue to be noteworthy as numerous lots sold well above estimates, demonstrating a continued rise in interest in this corner of the market.”



Most notable was the strong result for our 1950s print of Ansel Adams's Moonrise Hernandez, but two great surprises were new artist records for albums by William Saunders and Wilson A. Bentley.

Lot 65 Dorothea Lange

Lot 65 Dorothea Lange


Lot 99 Ansel Adams

Lot 99 Ansel Adams

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