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Record for Newton at London Photo Sales

Christie’s realized £672,560 ($1.2 million) in a Nov. 1 sale of photographs at its King Street saleroom in London. By value the auction was 75 percent sold with 62, or 67 percent, of 93 lots finding buyers.

NEW YORK—Christie’s realized £672,560 ($1.2 million) in a Nov. 1 sale of photographs at its King Street saleroom in London. By value the auction was 75 percent sold with 62, or 67 percent, of 93 lots finding buyers.

The sale set an auction record for Helmut Newton, when Big Nude III, Paris, 1980, fetched £176,000, or $311,344 (estimate: £80,000/120,000), from a private U.K. collector. Two other works by Newton also figured among the top lots, including Mannequins quai d’Orsay II, Paris, 1977, for £15,600 ($27,596); and Givenchy and Bulgari, French Vogue, Paris, 1980, which took £13,200 ($23,351).

Philippe Garner, Christie’s international head of photographs, says the house was “thrilled” with the record, “which rightly situates [Newton] among the top photographers of his generation. We are also pleased to see participation in the sale from many countries, with encouraging support from private European as well as American

collectors.”

The results came less than a month after record photography auctions in New York, with Christie’s taking $14.5 million, compared with $4.75 million a year earlier (see ANL, 10/25/05).

The remaining top lots realized prices well under £100,000. They included Man Ray’s Rayograph, 1931, which sold below estimate for £36,000, or $63,684 (estimate: £40,000/60,000).

Felix Teynard’s Large Speos-Colossal statue seen from the front Abu Simbel, 1851-52, fell for £30,000, or $53,070 (estimate: £25,000/35,000); and his Colossi . . ., 1851-52, brought £21,600, or $38,210 (estimate: £20,000/30,000).

Garner feels the bidding reflected “a lively interest in important historic works and also in more recent imagery of fashion and celebrity.”

Lee Friedlander’s Wilmington, Delaware, 1965, nearly doubled expectations, taking £28,800 ($50,947) against an estimate of £10,000/15,000. Ansel Adams’ Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park, circa 1944, fetched £22,800 ($40,333).

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