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New Record for Ilse Bing Photo

On Nov. 16 at Drouot Montaigne, Millon Cornette de Saint Cyr held a sale of photographs by the German-born Ilse Bing (1899–1998).

PARIS—On Nov. 16 at Drouot Montaigne, Millon Cornette de Saint Cyr held a sale of photographs by the German-born Ilse Bing (1899–1998). Auction prices were quite reasonable for the 286 lots, which ranged in date from 1929 through 1957 and included numerous views of Paris and New York from the 1930s, with only a few items estimated at €3,000 or more.

The auction established a world record for a work by the artist with the sale of The Elevated and Me, New York, 1936, a photograph combining a self-portrait with the Manhattan skyline. The work sold for €32,211 ($48,177), more than ten times its estimate of €2,000/3,000. The top lot of the sale was a set of 12 photographs, 1931, a photo-essay on the Moulin-Rouge dance hall in Paris, which sold for €54,115 ($80,688) on an estimate of €15,000/20,000. Another Bing work, a 1928 self-portrait from Frankfurt estimated at €2,000/3,000, sold for €15,461 ($23,053), more than five times its high estimate.

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