29 Oct 2013, Photographs

NEW YORK - Iconic photographs from America's most influential photographer, Ansel Adams, dominated Bonhams Photographs sale on October 29. The classic Adams' compositions focused on the natural beauty of the American West and Southwest.

The top Adams' lot was Aspens, Northern New Mexico which fetched $30,000, closely followed by Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska that reached $27,500. In all, five of the auction's top 10 lots were Adams' photographs.

Bidders in over a dozen countries participated, with interest concentrated in the US, the UK and Italy. Live online bidding proved very popular, while fortunate telephone bidders took home the lion's share of the top lots.

Contemporary British Photographer Nick Brandt's Portrait of an Elephant in Dust, Amboseli, realized the highest price in the sale, surpassing its estimate to achieve $42,500. The 2011 oversized digital pigment print is a stirring example of the artist's distinct style, capturing the disappearing natural world of Africa.

Other highlights in the auction included William Eggleston's Untitled (Blue Truck with Wisteria), which sold for $15,0000; Gregory Crewdson's Untitled (Penitent Girl) from the "Twilight" series which realized $25,000; and Herb Ritts' Helena, Hollywood which reached $10,000.

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