With a total of €1.56 million, the sale of Photography at Sotheby’s Paris saw fierce bidding for vintage prints and iconic works of historical, fashion and contemporary photography.
Simone Klein, Sotheby’s European Head of Photography, was ‘delighted with this evening’s results, which shows the market remains on the look-out for magnificent prints like the unique Leni Riefenstahl portfolio – so rarely found complete. Meanwhile classic and historical photographs remain in high demand.’
The sale’s top price went to to Leni Riefenstahl’s magnificent 30-print Nuba portfolio, a moving tribute to the beauty and grandeur of the Sudanese tribe. After the record price for her 1936 Olympia portfolio at Sotheby’s in November 2011, this sets a new world record for Leni Riefenstahl at €234,750 / $299,200 – well clear of the €80,000 top-estimate* (lot 95).
Martin Munkácsi’sPuddle Jumper (1934) caused a sensation by soaring past its €20,000 top-estimate to€78,750 / $100,400 – world record for the artist (lot 12). Munkácsi is recognized as a pioneer of press and fashion photography. This enigmatic photo would influence contemporary artists like Avedon.