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Swann Auction of Private Photo Collection Draws Mixed Results

A set of 21 colotypes from Ead­weard Muybridge’s “Animal Locomotion” series was the top lot at Swann Galleries’ sale of photographs from the collection of Stephen L. White on March 23, fetching $57,600, nearly triple the estimate of $15,000/20,000, and setting a record for a work by the artist.

NEW YORK—A set of 21 colotypes from Ead­weard Muybridge’s “Animal Locomotion” series was the top lot at Swann Galleries’ sale of photographs from the collection of Stephen L. White on March 23, fetching $57,600, nearly triple the estimate of $15,000/20,000, and setting a record for a work by the artist. The images, taken between 1872 and 1885 and printed in 1887, were purchased by a private collector in active bidding.

The auction otherwise underperformed, bringing in a total of only $813,550—well under the overall estimate of $1.26million/1.8million—with 143, or 60 percent, of the 239 lots finding buyers.

James Wallace Black’s 1868 albumen print of Kit Carson did well, selling for a record price for the artist of $48,000 (estimate: $30,000/45,000), and Andrew J. Russell’s albumen print Golden Spike Ceremony with Flag and Camera, Promon­tory Point, Utah, 1869, sold for $43,200 (estimate: $20,000/30,000). Helmut Newton’s silver print Woman Observing Man, Saint-Tropez, 1975, printed in the 1980s, brought a record $40,800 (estimate: $30,000/40,000), and Mario Giacomelli’s portfolio of 18 silver prints The People, 1956–68, made in 1981, took $33,600 (estimate: $25,000/35,000).

Lewis Hine’s silver print Waiting for the Red Cross Lady, Drought Area, Arkansas, ca. 1933, sold for $16,800, well above the estimate of $5,000/7,500, and his silver contact print Spinner, Cotton Mill, Augusta, Georgia, 1909, sold for a record price of $26,400, also exceeding its estimate, of $12,000/18,000. However, a 1930 print of Hine’s Coal Breaker Boys, 1910, found no takers with an estimate of $20,000/30,000.

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