Results: Sotheby's 5 April auction of Photographs achieved exceptional results for genre-defining photographs. An extremely rare album of The Wheeler Survey by Timothy O'Sullivan and William Bell led the sale and achieved a new record for the photographers. Helmut Newton's provocative Eiffel Tower more than doubled its presale estimate after being aggressively sought after by international bidders. The enduring appeal of Edward Weston was particularly evident as five bidders fiercely competed for his Dunes - Oceano. Contemporary works by Alex Prager, Lucas Samaras, and Robert Mapplethorpe also exceeded their estimates.
Auction Details: Sotheby’s Photographs auction on 5 April includes work by many masters of the medium, and features a range of material from the 19th to 21st centuries. Modernism is well-represented by early prints from Edward Weston’s Shell and Dunes series, as well as in works by Josef Sudek and Rudolf Koppitz. Significant 19th century photographs include seminal works by Timothy O’Sullivan, Horatio Ross, William Henry Fox Talbot, and Eadweard Muybridge. Important Contemporary offerings include Alex Prager’s Simi Valley, as well as works by Lucas Samaras, Robert Polidori, and Lewis Baltz. These photographs, as well as ones by F. Holland Day, Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, and Helmut Newton, will be on view during our pre-auction exhibition in New York beginning 30 March.