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Swann Galleries: Photographs and Photobooks

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Auction Name Photographs and Photobooks Total Sales (USD) 1,065,195.00
Auction Date 05/27/2021 - 05/27/2021 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 805,650.00
Sale Number #2570 High Estimate of Lots Sold (USD) 1,208,900.00
Total Lots 383
Sold Lots 276 Low Estimate of All Lots (USD) 1,187,250.00
% of Lots Sold 72.06% High Estimate of All Lots (USD) 1,781,600.00
Unsold Lots 107 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 59.79%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
233 ROBERT FRANK (1924-2019)

Covered Car, Long Beach, California.

1955-56; printed 1971 USD 50,000.00 - 70,000.00 USD 52,500.00
46 DOROTHEA LANGE (1895-1965)

Woman of the High Plains, Texas Panhandle.

1938; printed circa 1960 USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 45,000.00
235 ROY DECARAVA (1919-1919)

Catsup Bottles, Table and Coat, New York.

1952; printed 1982 USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 42,500.00
28 MANUEL ÁLVAREZ BRAVO (1902-2002)

Portfolio entitled Fifteen Photographs.

Introductory essay by André Breton. USD 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 USD 20,000.00
158 HANNES BECKMANN (1909-1977)

Glasses.

Circa 1935 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 20,000.00
65 AUGUST SANDER (1876-1964)/GUNTHER SANDER

Handlanger [Bricklayer].

1928; printed 1970s USD 15,000.00 - 25,000.00 USD 16,900.00
71 ROMAN VISHNIAC (1897-1990)

Cracow, A Jewish Street * Munkatch.

The Beltser Rov Aaron and Baruch Rabinovitch of the Spira dynasty. USD 3,000.00 - 4,500.00 USD 15,000.00
255 DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)/NEIL SELKIRK (1947- )

Masked Women in a Wheelchair, PA.

1970; printed 1972 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 13,750.00
258 LILLIAN BASSMAN (1917-2012)

Barbara Mullen Blowing Kiss (variant), Harper's Bazaar.

1950; printed 1990s USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 13,750.00
168 ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898-1995)

A group of three photographs from St.

Silver press prints, the images measuring approximately 10x8 inches (25.4x20.3 cm.), and one the reverse, each with Eisenstaedt's Pix Publishing hand stamp on verso. USD 2,500.00 - 3,500.00 USD 12,500.00
293 STEVE MCCURRY (1950- )

Afghan Girl (Sharbat Gula) Chromogenic print, the image measuring 21 1/4x14 1/8 inches (54x35.9 cm.), the sheet 24x20 inches (61x50.8 cm.), flush mounted to aluminum, with McCurry's signature, in ink, on a label on mount verso.

1985 USD 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD 12,500.00
269 ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989)

A pair of photographs of Gregory Hines.

1985 USD 12,000.00 - 18,000.00 USD 11,875.00
193 HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004)

Our Cat Ulysses and Martine's Shadow.

1984 USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 9,375.00
222 O. WINSTON LINK (1914-2001)

Hotshot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia.

1957; printed 1988 USD 7,000.00 - 10,000.00 USD 9,375.00
268 PETER HUJAR (1934-1987)

Portrait of Henry Lyon Young.

1981 USD 8,000.00 - 12,000.00 USD 9,375.00
118 GEORGE HOYNINGEN-HUENE (1900-1968)/HORST P. HORST (1906-1999)

Divers (Horst and Model).

1930; printed 1980s USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 8,125.00
159 LOTTE JACOBI (1896-1990)

Portfolio III: Photogenics 1946-1955.

Folio-sized gray cloth clamshell box, with the photographer's name and the number 3 debossed on the cover and side; the printed title page, plate list, and colophon with Jacobi's signature and the edition notation 7/25, in ink; contents loose as issued. USD 6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD 8,125.00
375 (NULCEAR EXPLOSION)

A group of 4 large color photographs depicting various American atomic bomb tests in the 1950s, three at the Nevada Test Site and one at Bikini Atoll.

USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 8,125.00
86 ALLAN GRANT (1919-2008)

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage at the 28th Annual Academy Awards, Hollywood, CA.

1956; printed 1976 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,250.00
173 CORNELL CAPA (1918-2008)

Bolshoi Ballet School.

1956; printed 1990s USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,000.00
305 ABELARDO MORELL (1948- )

Camera Obscura of Santa Maria della Salute, Inside Palazzo Bedroom, Venice, Italy.

2006 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,000.00
316 ROBERT PARKEHARRISON (1968- )/SHANA PARKEHARRISON (1964- )

Earthcoat.

2002 USD 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD 7,000.00
327 MICHAEL WOLF (1954-2019)

Night #1, Hong Kong.

2005 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 7,000.00
66 AUGUST SANDER (1876-1964)/GERD SANDER

Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne.

Sander blind stamp on print recto; Gerd Sander's signature and print date, in pencil, the August Sander Archive hand stamp with the print date and edition notation 11/12, in ink, and printing notations again, in pencil, on print verso; and the Archive han USD 3,000.00 - 4,500.00 USD 6,750.00
245 ROBERT ADAMS (1937- )

Untitled.

1973-74 USD 5,000.00 - 7,500.00 USD 6,750.00
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> C.F. Payne, <i>Micawber—Imitating Norman Rockwell's "Triple self-portrait,"</i> acrylic, watercolor & colored pencil, 2002. Sold June 2021 for $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Jane Russell, archive of letters written during a whaling voyage, 1840s. Sold July 2021 for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Guild of Women Binders, exhibition binding of A.F. Pollard’s <i>Henry VIII,</i> London, 1902. Sold July 2021 for $12,350.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Robert Frost, <i>Collected Poems,</i> author’s presentation copy, signed, with entirety of <i>Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening</i> inscribed, NY, 1930. Sold June 2021 for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> James Joyce, <i>Ulysses,</i> deluxe limited issue, signed, London, 1936. Sold June 2021 for $21,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Mercator [family], <i>[World and Continents],</i> 5 double-page maps, Amsterdam, c. 1633. Sold June 2021 for $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Schlegel, <i>New York, Taken from Central Park,</i> hand-finished color-tinted lithograph, 1874. Sold June 2021 for $11,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolaus Copernicus, <i>De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium,</i> second edition, Basel, 1566. Sold April 2021 for $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Book of Hours, Use of Utrecht, illuminated manuscript, c. 1435-45. Sold April 2021 for $60,000.
  • <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Bible, English. The Holy Bible, Second Folio edition, the "Great She Bible", engraved More-Speed 1611 map of Canaan, Robert Barker, 1613-11. £7,000 to £10,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Galilei (Galileo). <i>Opere,</i> 2 vol., first collected edition, Bologna, Heirs of Dozza for Carlo Manolessi, 1656-1655. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Venetian choirbook.- Single leaf from a 13th century Venetian antiphonal, with large decorated initial, manuscript on vellum, Venice, [c.1260]. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Petrarca (Francesco). <i>Rerum vulrgarium fragmenta,</i> decorated manuscript on paper, Italy, [second half of the 15th century]. £8,000 to £12,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> New York School of abstract expressionists.- Abbott (Mary Lee). [Sketch book of original artwork], [New York], 1945. £5,000 to £7,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Contemporary colouring.- Nitzschewitz (Hermannus). <i>Novum beatae Mariaevirginis psalterium,</i> Zinna, Press of the Cistercian Monastery, 1493. £4,000 to £6,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Shakespeare source book.- Montemayor (Jorge de). Diana of George of Montemayor: translated out of Spanish into English by Bartholomew Yong, first edition in English, B[ishop]., 1598. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Milton (John). Poems of Mr. John Milton, Both English and Latin, Compos'd at several times, first edition, state with "S" in "S. Pauls" in imprint, 1645. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Greene (Graham). <i>The Power and the Glory,</i> first edition, 1940. £6,000 to £8,000.
    <b><center>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts<br>& Works on Paper<br>30th September 2021</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Crowley (Aleister). View of the Tyrrhenian Sea, probably from the hill behind the abbey of Thelema, Cefalù, Sicily, charcoal, [1921]. £10,000 to £15,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> Fleming (Ian). <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, 1953. £12,000 to £18,000.
    <b>Forum Auctions, Sep. 30:</b> China.- Thomson (John). <i>Illustrations of China and Its People,</i> 4 vol., first edition, 96 photographic plates, 1873-74. £15,000 to £20,000.
  • <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Athanasius. <i>Illustrium Virorum Opuscula,</i> Paris, 1500. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>The New Testament of Jesus Christ, Translated Faithfully into English,</i> Rheims, John Fogny, 1582. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stith, William. <i>The First History of Virginia printed in America,</i> [Williamsburg, 1747]. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b><br>S. Bonaventure. <i>Commentarius in Secundum Librum Sententiarum Petri Lombardi,</i> Venice, 1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Juvenalis, Junii. <i>Satyrae,</i> with the commentary of Domitius Calderinus, Venice, 1475. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Horatius Flaccus, Quintus. <i>Opera.</i> Ed. with commentary of Christophorus Landinus, Florence, 1482. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Scotus, Duns. <i>Quaestiones in Quattuor Libros Sententiarum,</i> 1476-1477. $2,000 to $4,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Polidori, John. <i>The Vampyre, A Tale,</i> Paris, 1819. $1,000 to $2,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Stowe, Harriet Beecher. <i>Uncle Tom's Cabin,</i> Vol. I and II, 1852, and a Later Edition, 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <center><b>iGavel Auctions<br>Antiquarian and Other Books<br>September 14 – October 12</b>
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Twain, Mark. <i>The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,</i> 1877 [and] <i>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,</i> 1885. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> Book of Hours, Illuminated Vellum, Calendar of Months, 15th century. $600 to $900.
    <b>iGavel Auctions, Sep. 14 – Oct. 12:</b> <i>Picturesque,</i> America, Europe, Palestine, and Russia, 1872-1885. $400 to $600.
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