The Inventive Eye: Photographs from a Private Collection totaled $5,414,750, well in excess of the $4.5 million high estimate. The auction was led by Edward Weston’s Shells, which sold for $905,000, nearly double the high estimate. The cover lot of this evening sale, the arresting portrait of Gloria Swanson by Edward Steichen, was also a high price for the artist at auction, selling at $629,000.
This remarkable private collection draws together work by some of the most inventive photographers of the 20th century. From the highly detailed studies of Edward Weston, to the radical explorations of Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, and Alvin Langdon Coburn, the images in this collection demonstrate photography’s breadth as a vehicle for personal expression.