Our Photographs auction on 23 May achieved a final total of £1,667,875. The top lot of the sale was László Moholy-Nagy's Untitled, which sold for £125,000. Also performing well were works from Man Ray, Peter Beard and Irving Penn.
This year Sotheby’s offers an unrivalled selection of iconic works in the forthcoming Photographs sale on 23 May in London.
With a strong emphasis on fashion and glamour, the sale opens with a chapter devoted to one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time, Helmut Newton, and is supported by iconic works from Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst and Erwin Blumenfeld amongst others.
The auction’s two top lots belong to the avant-garde master Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Untitled (fgm78) 1923-25 (lot 44, estimate: £100,000 – 150,000) and Untitled (fgm8OA) 1923-25 (lot 46, estimate: £100,000 – 150,000) with important works from this period by Hans Bellmer, Paul Outerbridge and Edward Steichen also on offer.
Two outstanding works by the revered and highly collectable artists Bern and Hilla Becher are for sale, as are key pieces from their Dusseldorf School pupils Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Candida Hofer and Elger Esser. A wonderfully varied selection of works by Peter Beard is on offer alongside covetable pieces by Nick Brandt, Sebastião Salgado and Henri-Cartier Bresson. Iconic photographs by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama also feature prominently.
With such a diverse offering of major works from blue-chip artists, this exciting sale promises to deliver something for all buyers, from the seasoned collector to the budding connoisseur.