Bonhams To Offer A Comprehensive Sale Of Photographs This Fall

New York – Bonhams is pleased to announce the details for its New York Photographs auction, taking place on October 2. The sale encompasses over 150 lots ranging from the early 20th century through the present day. Several private collections highlight the auction, which includes top works by Man Ray, Eugène Atget, Robert Frank, Bend and Hilla Becher, Andres Serrano, Rodney Graham, Richard Avedon, Candida Höfer, among others.

Highlights of the Photographs sale include Andres Serrano's Piss Christ, 1987, the artist's best-known photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a tank of urine (estimate: $80,000-120,000) (a separate release is available); Bernd and Hilla Becher's (1931-2007 and 1934-2015), Six Industrial Facades, 1974-1985 (estimate: $80,000-100,000), a typography of industrial buildings in West Germany, exhibited at The National Gallery of Art's seminal 1989 exhibition "On the Art of Fixing a Shadow"; Robert Frank's (1924-2019) vintage print of Wales (Ben James, Miner), 1953 (estimate: $20,000-30,000), a "day in the life of"-style photo essay of Welsh miner, Ben James, first published in the 1955 issue of U.S. Camera Annual; and Peter Lindbergh's (1944-2019) Estelle Lefébure, Karen Alexander, Rachael Williams, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, "Vogue" USA, Santa Monica, 1988 (estimate: $25,000-35,000). Both Robert Frank and Peter Lindbergh have passed away in the last month and these two works are important examples from their body of work.

A late 19th century highlight includes Eadweard Muybridge's (1830-1904) Panorama of San Francisco from California Street Hill, 1877, a remarkable 360° panorama which shows the rapid growth of San Francisco in the decades after the Gold Rush. Early 20th century highlights include Eugène Atget's (1857-1927) Fête du Trône, 1926 (estimate: $25,000-35,000), one of his extraordinary images of the city's ancient fairground. The original owner of this work was Tristan Tzara, a founder of the Dada movement. He used Atget's "surrealist" images as inspiration for his own his writings, poetry and art. Another rare work is Man Ray's (1890-1976) Mathematical Object (Othello), 1936 (estimate: $15,000-20,000). A dozen of the images, including this lot, were published in a 1936 issue of the French artistic and literary journal Cahiers d'art, devoted to the Surrealist object.

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