Revenue Christie`s with three photographic auctions was $ 6 million, Sotheby`s slightly lagged behind its main competitor, the overall result of the auction was $ 5.5 million. most expensive lot of photographic trading Christie`s was the “Shell” by Edward Weston ($ 300-500), sold for $ 461 thousand. Top lot Sotheby`s – Portrait of Lee Miller ($ 100-150 thousand.), filmed classic surrealism Ray Mann, was sold for $ 455 thousand.
For buyers Christie`s last trading were the last, which did not need to pay extra fee for the lots, sold above estimate. Under the new rules, if the product was purchased by the estimated amount of more expensive, have to pay a 2% commission. Now the auction house impose 10-15% of the lots sold for less than $ 97 thousand., Then – depending on the final price, and $ 4.8 million after the commission established “by agreement».
On Christie`s were sold the product of two large private collections – erotic photographs from the collection of Don Sanders and works from the company’s vice president Robert Forbes Forbes.
Don Sanders as a child dreamed of becoming a photographer, but later, in his words, “decided he did not want to work on weekends, and switched to business.” In 2002 he bought the photographs of Helmut Newton – it was his first major artistic dealings, now has a collection of 10 thousand. Nudity made more than 150 authors. Ironically, the most expensive lot of the sale of works from his collection to become Christie`s photos from the series “Private Property” Newton (estimate $ 250-350 thousand.). They went for $ 389 thousand.
The most expensive lot of photographic trading Christie`s was the “Shell” by Edward Weston ($ 300-500), sold for $ 461 thousand. 548 photos by the same author, most of which was published by his son, sold as one lot for Sotheby`s. However, a buyer for them and was not found.
Top lot Sotheby`s – Portrait of Lee Miller ($ 100-150 thousand.), Filmed classic surrealism Ray Mann, was sold for $ 455 thousand. photo sold at Sotheby`s, was made in 1930 – a year after meeting the artist and at the time of his muse and assistant.