FINE PHOTOGRAPHS

by Swann Auction Galleries
May 16, 2024 10:30 AM EDT
Live Auction

316 Lots

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Swann Auction Galleries

Location: New York, NY, US

Phone: 212.254.4710

Payment

Accepted Forms of Payment: Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer

Shipping

Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.

Our May 16 auction is headlined by two iconic female photographers, Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman. Innovators, trailblazers, and unmatched in their vision, both photographers challenge the viewer to reconsider their perspective and employ a powerful narrative voice throughout their imagery. Both works included in this auction—Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936, and Untitled Film Still #52, 1979—are iconic examples of these photographers’ work.

We are also pleased to offer a broad and inclusive selection of classical works, featuring Alfred Eisenstaedt’s Children at a Puppet Theater, Paris, 1963, printed 1991, Irving Penn’s platinum-palladium Father and Son with Eggs, Cuzco, 1948, printed 1978, Paul Strand’s Farmyard in Dordogne, France, 1950, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s portrait of Henri Matisse from 1944, printed 1980s, and a stunning work by Laura Aguilar Nature Self-portrait #12, 1996. We are also featuring a rare and striking Eugène Atget Coiffeur, Avenue de l’Observatoire, Paris, 1926. Additional photographers of note include Hiro, Anne Brigman, Laura Gilpin, Frederick Sommer, Minor White, Jessie Tarbox Beals, Andy Warhol, and much, much more.

More recent and contemporary work includes Listening to the River, a triptych by Robert Adams from 1994, two exceptional photographs by Helmut Newton (Sie Kommen, Paris, 1981, printed circa 2000, and Woman examining man, from American Vogue, St. Tropez, 1975, printed 2000s), and two by Nick Brandt (Lion Under Leaning Tree, Maasai Mara, 2008 and Giraffe, 2004), as well as a selection of contemporary works including material by Laurie Simmons, Vanessa Beecroft, Martin Schoeller, Olafur Eliasson, and Vera Lutter. 

Buyer's Premium
$0-100,000: 30.0%
$100,001-1,000,000: 25.0%
$1,000,001+: 17.0%
Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $149 $10
$150 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $5,999 $200
$6,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 $499,999 $20,000
$500,000 + $50,000

Conditions of Sale

Payment Information: Payment must be made by cash, check, money order or bank transfer. Purchases paid using personal checks may be held until payment has cleared. Non-US purchasers must pay using a US-dollar denominated check drawn on a US bank or by bank transfer. Payment may also be made by Visa or Mastercard, with a 3% processing fee. Swann does not accept Amex or PayPal.

Shipping Information: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.

Buyer's Premium: Buyer's Premium is 25% of the hammer price up to and including $100,000; 20% of the portion of the hammer price above $100,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and 12% of the portion of the hammer price above $1,000,000. An additional buyer's premium may be charged on any purchase made through a live online auction as posted by Swann in accordance with such live online auction. For Invaluable.com and Liveauctioneers.com, the additional buyer's premium is 5%.

Taxes on your purchase: SALES TAX. All items purchased are subject to payment of the New York City and State sales tax of 8.875% on the total purchase price (final bid plus the Buyer's Premium as defined in paragraph 7 of the Conditions of Sale) unless the purchaser presents proof of exemption therefrom. An exempt purchaser must provide a properly completed New York State Resale Certificate (Form ST-120) evidencing possession of a valid New York State Resale or, for non-New York State businesses, the equivalent resale authorization from another locale. Purchases shipped outside of New York State may be subject to sales tax imposed by another state, and any such sales taxes will also be due and payable unless proper proof of exemption therefrom is provided. Purchases will not be released unless all sales tax requirements are satisfied.

Condition Statement: Available upon request.