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Auction house Christie’s is working with the Science Museum and the National Media Museum, Bradford, to present a benefit sale of Photographs 1840s to the Present which will be sold on the evening of Wednesday 16 May to raise funds for the new MEDIA SPACE that will open at the Science Museum in London in Spring 2013. The group offered comprises 61 remarkable images which span works by the photographic icons of the 19th and 20thcentury, through to leading contemporary names. The auction is expected to realise in excess of £300,000. Christie’s Photographs sale will also take place on the 16 May, in the afternoon, please click here for the separate press release.
The auction is by invitation only but bidding will be accepted via the internet and on commission. The e-catalogue is available here: http://tinyurl.com/cczybjh
Philippe Garner, Christie’s International Head of Photographs: “Christies is proud to be entrusted with this important benefit sale to which so many artists, gallerists, dealers and collectors have donated wonderful works. MEDIA SPACE is an inspiring new suite of galleries and performance spaces for independent thinkers, practitioners, pioneers of technology, writers, agenda setters, and young creative professionals on the design spectrum. It is an investment not only in the capital’s rich cultural offerings but also a further safeguard of photographic history – this will be a remarkable venue for exhibitions which draw on national collections, as well as providing a focused centre for the study of creative media.”
Ian Blatchford, the Science Museum Director: MEDIA SPACE will be a landmark over the next decade, combining the world-class collections of the National Media Museum with the exceptional and iconic space of the Science Museum.”
The most valuable individual work of the auction is print 5, from the sold-out edition of 5, of132nd Ordinary Meeting of the Conference by Luc Delahaye, the recipient of many prestigious awards who has exhibited widely, most recently at Tate Modern in 2011 (estimate: £20,000-30,000, illustrated left). Having worked for many years for the photographic collective Magnum, Delahaye’s large-format photographs explore new ways of representing socio-political events, incidents and situations, specifically from Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.
Dating to circa 1846, the earliest work is Bust of Paatroclus by William Henry Fox Talbot the photographic pioneer who invented the calotype negative-positive print process, through which the present work is created (estimate: £10,000-15,000). A further rare 19thcentury work is General Sir James Simpson, circa 1855, by Roger Fenton (estimate: £1,500-2,000).
Leading the 20th century works is a celebrated image by Irving Penn of his fellow artistCecil Beaton, which conveys Penn’s respect for the photographer whom he considered ‘an acute reporter of his time and milieu’ (estimate: £15,000-20,000). Another important work, in excellent condition, is Ten Photographs: 1923-1932, a portfolio by Rudolf Koppitz; (estimate: £8,000-12,000).
Further 20th century highlights include, from left to right: Portugal, 1976, by Josef Koudelka (estimate: £10,000-15,000); Untitled (Ship it on the Frisco), from ‘Los Alamos’, 1965-1974 and Untitled, from ‘Southern Suite’, 1981, both by William Eggleston (each with an estimate of £8,000-12,000); Le corps robot descending stairs, Monte Carlo, 1995, by Helmut Newton (estimate: £6,000-8,000) and Henri Matisse, Vence, France, 1944, by Henri Cartier-Bresson (estimate: £6,000-8,000).
The rich array of contemporary works span, from left to right: Anna, Red Fragment, 2012by Richard Learoyd (estimate: £15,000-20,000); Battersea Power Station, 1997, by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low (estimate: £10,000-15,000) and The Wailing Wall, Jerusalem, Mini Israel, Latrun, Israel 2007 by Taryn Simon (estimate: £7,000-9,000) toTeenage boy in Vondelpark, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 2, 2006 by Rineke Dijkstra (estimate: £15,000-20,000).
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