New York – Christie's is delighted to present the sale of Photographic Masterworks by William Eggleston Sold to Benefit the Eggleston Artistic Trust taking place in New York on March 12, 2012. Combining Eggleston’s (b. 1939) most iconic works with those that are lesser known, the sale comprises 36 photographs produced in extremely limited editions of two (2) in an oversized format (60 x 44 in.) never before utilized by the artist. In their new size, the photographs become entirely different objects than any that have ever existed on the market until this point. Photographic Masterworks by William Eggleston Sold to Benefit the Eggleston Artistic Trust is expected to realize in excess of $2.7million, with estimates that range from $40,000-350,000.
Known for his lyrical style, Eggleston’s photographs convert prosaic American imagery into vivid and significant visual affirmations. Be it a light fixture, a teenager, or a bucolic southern landscape, Eggleston’s imagery never fails to captivate his viewer by elevating his subjects from mundane to sublime. Among the highlights are some of the artist’s most remarkable works from the early 70’s, including the top lot, Memphis (Tricycle), 1969-1970 (estimate $250,000-350,000) – pg. 1, top right, Sumner, Mississippi, 1970 (estimate: $120,000-180,000) – pg. 1, left, and Untitled (Peaches), 1971 ($100,000-150,000) –pg. 1, bottom right.
Auction: March 12, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Viewing: March 8 – 12, 2012
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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.
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