RESULTS | the deLIGHTed eye: Modernist Masterworks from a Private Collection

New York

the deLIGHTed eye: Modernist Masterworks from a Private Collection

 New York, 4 April 2013, Sale #2767

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


54 lots sold

Total: $7,654,125/£5,051,723/€5,893,676

    76% sold by lot

71 lots offered

£0.66= $1 / € 0.77=$1

 91% sold by value



Estimate ($)

Price Realized



Man Ray (1890-1976), Untitled Rayograph, unique gelatin silver photogram,1922


250,000 - 350,000






Paul Strand (1890-1976) , Akeley Motion Picture Camera, 2 gelatin silver prints, flush-mounted back-to-back, 1922

250,000 - 350,000






Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) , Untitled (Photogram), gelatin silver print, 1923-1925, printed 1929

200,000 - 300,000






Edward Weston (1886-1958), Nude, palladium print, 1925

400,000 - 600,000




European Private


Man Ray (1890-1976), Untitled, Cannes,
gelatin silver print, 1924

80,000 - 120,000






Tina Modotti (1896-1942), Untitled (Texture and Shadow),

palladium print, 1924-1926

200,000 - 300,000






Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), From the Back Window -- "291",  platinum print, Summer 1914

300,000 - 500,000






Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966), Vortograph (The Eagle), gelatin silver print, 1917 

200,000 - 300,000






Man Ray (1890-1976), Monte Carlo Banknote (Marcel Duchamp), 1921, gelatin silver print on carte postale, printed 1930s

200,000 - 300,000




US Private


Man Ray (1890-1976), Untitled,  gelatin silver print, 1921-1922

250,000 - 350,000




European Private



Deborah Bell, VP, Specialist Head of Photographs: “The success of the deLIGHTed eye collection is demonstrative of the value of focused and passionate collecting. It shows the demand that exists within the global marketplace for prime examples of modernist photography. We are honored to have been able to offer this historic collection and were pleased to have set 10 world auction records, including those for Francis Bruguière, Georg Muche and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack.  Additionally, Man Ray's Untitled Rayograph, 1922, achieved $1.2 million, against its estimate of $250,000 - $350,000, setting a new world auction record for a photograph by the artist.”

PRESS CONTACT: Rebecca Riegelhaupt  | +1 212 636 2680|

Next Sale: New York, 5 April 2013, Photographs

London, 15 May 2013, Photographs

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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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