Results: On 17 December, Sotheby’s offered at auction an outstanding collection of images from Robert Frank’s The Americans, one of the most influential books of photography ever published. Collectors Ruth and Jake Bloom assembled this extraordinary group of iconic photographs over more than two decades, collecting 77 of the 83 pictures reproduced in the 1959 book. This seminal series of images, so compelling on the printed page, gains a new resonance when seen as photographic prints. Robert Frank: The Americans, The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection achieved a robust total of $3,739,375. Leading the auction was 'Hoboken' (Parade), an image taken at the city's centennial in March 1955, which sold well above its estimate for $237,500 (estimate $120/180,000, above). The strong results illustrate the market's enduring enthusiasm for Robert Frank's pivotal works.
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Each photograph within this catalogue is a gelatin silver print and is not offered as one of a limited edition.