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BERND AND HILLA BECHER | 'FABRIKHALLEN'

Guaranteed Property

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

BERND AND HILLA BECHER | 'FABRIKHALLEN'

BERND AND HILLA BECHER | 'FABRIKHALLEN'

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

118,750

USD

BERND AND HILLA BECHER

1931-2007 and 1934-2015

'FABRIKHALLEN'


a sequence of 9 gelatin silver prints, each ferrotyped, numbered sequentially and the first signed, titled, dated, and annotated with a hanging schematic in pencil on the reverse, each framed, Ginny Williams Collection and Galerie Pierre Huber labels on the reverse, 1989 (Häuser und Hallen, pp. 40-1) (9) 

Each approximately 12 by 16 in. (30.5 by 40.6 cm.)

These ferrotyped prints, trimmed to the image and on Agfa paper, are in generally very good condition. As is typical of ferrotyped prints, occasional pitting of the glossy surface is visible overall. There are a few very faint foxmarks and deposits of original retouching visible upon close inspection.


The reverse of each print is hinged to the mat window. Each photograph is numbered '1/(9)' through '9/(9)' in pencil on the reverse. The first photograph is also signed by both artists, dated, and has a hanging schematic in pencil on the reverse.


6 of the 9 plates are as follows:

Werdohl, Sauerland, D, 1985

Grube Ensdorf, Saarland, D, 1979

Oberhausen, Zeche "Concordia" D, 1968

Siège, "Simon" No. 3, Forbach, F, 1979

Rodange, Luxemburg, 1979

Charleroi, Montignies, B, 1984


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.