The ultimate Photography Auction will see Christie’s auction house present three photographic auctions on 2 April 2019 in new New York.
Christie’s, an auction house that surely needs no introductions, has announced three very special auctions of some of the most visually striking and important photographs in the world.
For those of you with a keen interest in the arts, you’ll probably be aware that it is coming up to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement. To celebrate this historic date, Christie’s will be featuring a 90-lot photography auction entitled: The Face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection.
This 90-lot auction is one that you won’t want to miss. It is a collection which celebrates some of the most prominent figures from Europe’s unforgettable Avant-Garde movement. This collection features amazing examples of photography from some of the greatest names in the industry.
Some of the highlights of these three sales include Irving Penn’s ‘Harlequin Dress’ which was actually once featured in Vogue Magazine. This lot is valued at between $200,000 and $300,000. Edward Weston’s Shells 6S however, is considered by many to be the most sought after piece across all three auctions and is estimated to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.
The Goldstein’s – a family that surely needs no introduction in the art world, would frequently visit the artists whose work they had adorned their beautiful homes with. The couple would meet with as many artists and creatives as they could, and with each encounter, they gained valuable insight into the creative processes that went into making each work come to life.
From conception to execution, the couple soaked up knowledge like a sponge. The couple stated that they ‘always went for works that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with. None of these works in this collection were purchased as an investment. We wanted them to be a part of our lives’. The Goldstein collection, which will begin at 10 AM on April 2nd, will begin before the Face of the Century auction, which begins at 11 AM.
The face of the Century: Photographs from a Private Collection sale includes some of the keys figures of the European avant-garde movement during the 1920s and 1930s, notably László Moholy–Nagy, Man Ray, Herbert List, František Drtikol, and Helmar Lerski.
Finally, at 2 pm, the final photography auction of the lot will begin. This one is the ‘spotlight’ section which features Robert Mapplethorpe. Mapplethorpe explored themes which were considered taboo at the time. He had a reputation for pushing boundaries and defining expectations and it really shows in his work. One particularly intriguingly personal piece from this sale is Mapplethorpe’s ‘Self Portrait’ which is valued at between $60,000 and $80,000.