12/03/2016

COLLECTING ICONS

At the latest photo auction at "Westlicht" in Vienna one could find quite a lot of interresting photographs to collect (and actually for quite reasonable prices). Some of the photographs sold there are real "Icons", well know, often published pictures of famous events or made by (now) famous photographers. I highly recommend to bookmark the Westlicht auction house, they are hosting photo auctions and camera auctions twice a year and from the cataloges you can learn a lot about trends in collecting (e.g. it is quite interesting that some photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson didn't find a buyer).

Here are some "Icons" from the November 2016 auction:


         JOE ROSENTHAL (1911–2006) Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, 1945
      Vintage silver print, printed in the 1950s. 
              20,5 x 17,4 cm; Signed (the signature was added later) by the photographer in ink in the margin
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium): € 24.000



JEWGENI CHALDEJ (1917–1997) Soviet Flag over Reichstag, Berlin 1945
Gelatin silver prints, printed in the 1990s, 20,5 x 29 cm
Signed by the photographer in pencil on the reverse
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium) € 1.920



ALFRED EISENSTAEDT (1898–1995) ‘V-J Day Kiss in Times Square’, New York 1945
Gelatin silver print, printed in the 1970s, 31,8 x 22,8 cm
Signed by the photographer in ink in the margin, his “PHOTO BY ALFRED EISENSTAEDT” stamp on the reverse. PROVENANCE: Eisenstaedt Family Estate; the print was gifted by the photographer to a family friend, who later returned it to the family . 
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium) € 48.000



ELLIOTT ERWITT (* 1928) ‘The Kitchen Debate’ (Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon), Moscow July 24th, 1959
Vintage silver print, 23,6 x 35,4 cm
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium) € 6.000



DENNIS STOCK (1928–2010) James Dean on Times Square, New York 1955
Gelatin silver print, printed in the 1960s, 35 x 23,5 cm
Photographer's agency stamp and handwritten neg. no. in ink and pencil on the reverse
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium) € 38.400



ROBERT CAPA (1913–1954) Leon Trotsky lecturing, Copenhagen 1932
Gelatin silver print, printed in 1964, 22,2 x 34 cm
Photographer’s agency stamp, “IMAGES OF WAR - 1964” publication stamp and handwritten neg. no. in pencil on the reverse. 
Hammer price (Incl. buyer's premium) € 2.280
Capa's first ever publishe photograph...

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