Photographs Spanning the Centuries to Highlight Phillips’ Spring Auction in New York

Sale on 4 April to Feature Works by Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Thomas Struth, Sohei Nishino, and More

NEW YORK – 16 MARCH 2023 – Phillips’ Photographs auction on 4 April gathers a remarkable selection of individual masterworks and esteemed private and institutional collections.

On view at 432 Park Avenue from 28 March – 3 April, the sale brings together over 300 examples of the medium.

Alongside the live auction is the second session of Dorothea Lange: The Family Collection, which includes a remarkable assemblage of 50 photographs come directly from the family of this pioneering American photographer.

The upcoming sale is a continuation of Phillips‘ first offering from the Family Collection, which took place in October 2022. Bidding for Part Two will be open from March 29 to April 5 and can be viewed here with further details here.

Ansel Adams
Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941
Estimate: $150,000 – 250,000
Property from A Reverence for Beauty: The Peter C. Bunnell Collection, Part 2

Sarah Krueger, Head of Department, said “Our April offerings showcase Phillips’ commitment to presenting the best photographs from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. We look forward to welcoming collectors to our state-of-the-art galleries for the viewing, and to the auction room on sale day, to see and compete in person for this wonderful material.”

Senior International Specialist Chris Mahoney, notes, “We are honored to present work from a number of fine personal collections, including curator and photographic historian Peter C. Bunnell, gallerists and collectors Rosa and Aaron Esman, and the legendary curator Pierre Apraxine. Each of these offerings adds an incredible depth and richness to our spring sale.”

Sohei Nishino
Diorama Map New York, 2006
Estimate: $40,000 – 60,000

Leading the sale is Robert Mapplethorpe’s Man in Polyester Suit, an image that has inspired both acclaim and controversy since it was made in 1980. The photo encapsulates Mapplethorpe’s unique talent to present a subject matter that is both confrontational in content while being technically and aesthetically perfect.

This level of technical perfection is also a feature of Irving Penn’s Harlequin Dress (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), a multiple coated platinum-palladium print that demonstrates Penn’s incomparable abilities as a photographer of couture and as a printer of exceptional ability.

Making their first appearance at auction this April are ten exquisite landscapes by Harry Callahan from 1963 after having been in the same collection since 1983. They hung in The Museum of Modern Art, New York exhibition The Photographer and the American Landscape, the first show organized by esteemed curator John Szarkowski.

This particular suite of Harry Callahan photographs is an early tour-de-force presentation of the photographer’s best landscape work due to its exhibition history, provenance, and that the group has remained intact since its creation.

Further details regarding the sale can be read here.

Cindy Sherman
Untitled #546, 2010
Estimate: $150,000 – 200,000
Thomas Struth
Paradise 24, Sao Fancisco de Zavier, Brazil, 2001
Estimate: $60,000 – 80,000

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